Yet I am not alone because the Father is with me. (John 16:32 NRSV)
A man once tried to kill Samuel L. Brengle by throwing a brick at his head. Brengle survived the attack, but had a long convalescent time. During that period he wrote many inspiring articles which were put into a book titled HELPS TO HOLINESS. The book was a huge success. Brengle's wife would say, "Had there been no brick, there would have been no book!" Indeed, she kept the brick and had painted on it some words from the Old Testament. They were the words of Joseph to the brothers who had sold him into slavery: "But as for you, ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good."
Sometimes it happens like that. That which we think is the most tragic event that could happen to us leads to later triumph. But even if it seemingly doesn't, God is with us.
Dear God, through my pain, help me to know of your holy presence. Amen.
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