Endure until the end...

Paper cut: imagine it. 

I don't even have to physically see you to know that you absolutely winced in pain at the word. When I even consider a paper cut, I squint my eyes, put pressure on my finger, and curl my toes at the phantom sensation of what I know to be a paper cut. They are just awful! A 10 - for sure. 

We all know the horrifying pain we've experienced from slicing our fingertip open on the edge of a paper. Knowing that, does it still hurt today? Of course not! 

Obviously, a paper cut is in no comparison to losing a loved one, anxiety, depression, or whatever is dampening your soul today -none the less- it's temporary. 

In the moment of pain, we are unable to comprehend healing. The pain absolutely immerses every other sensation of our entire body and mind. And our thoughts are unable to step any further than that moment. Even the worst pain heals. It may leave a scar, but it heals. 

My point isn't to make you reminisce on our previous minor lacerations, it's to remind you that "this too shall pass".

For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us.
— Romans 8:18

I know that the pain will recede because we're promised to be comforted. And as much as the pain we feel today, it will fade and be replaced, merely a scar of memories. 

So, when you're walking along, minding your own business, and the tidal wave of horrific heartache washes over you, and threatens to take your breath away. Remember, the water will recede and you will be able to breath again. Just as Pastor Ben reminds us, in last week's Amen series, endure until the end and you shall be saved.

But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.
— Matthew 24:13

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