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It’s weird when pictures make your stomach hurt.  Life, when taken day by day, is sometimes painful.  Pain is full of so many emotions–hurt, loss, regret, and sometimes even love.  Sometimes it is like a fire that burns so deeply–like a blazing sun.  It brings smiles for me.

What worries me most is that many Christians are afraid of pain.  They are afraid to experience it, afraid that they might not be able to make it through.  But in the words of Copeland, “Feel the pain, teaching us how much more we can take.” 

I honestly believe that pain was part of the fall, part of the reality of a world apart from God.  But it is a reality nonetheless, and we must go through it before we reach the final redemption.  Standing before God, we will feel it no more.  And how good it shall feel!

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