Been listening to the song "There Was Jesus' and rejoice as I reflect back on my life with all its brokenness and hurt...and realize Jesus was and is always there. Don't give up on your estranged one --- remember that God purposefully estranged Himself from His Son on the cross for you and I. He understands and He knows and He cares so much for both you --- and the one causing so much pain.
This was so timely for me, as this week is a major birthday for our ES, and marking 5 years of no contact. It has been a difficult week, to put it mildly. Adding to that, our youngest child is going through a brutal break-up with a BF of 3 years (which we're happy and relieved about, since it's a very dysfunctional and unhealthy relationship), and it's just been one big ugly cry around here as of late. I keep reminding myself of how much stronger I am now than I was 5 years ago, and for that I'm profoundly grateful. I also keep reminding myself that I can't control anything or anyone except myself, but I am a child of the one who controls it all. I doubt I could've claimed that 5 years ago; I've done a lot of work on myself to let Him begin to heal my wounds.
I believe that there are stories of triumph in this estrangement waiting to be revealed. God has used this to refine me in ways I could never have imagined, and drawn me closer to Him in such a tangible way. I may have had a difficult week, but I know that He walks with me and as you shared... "there was Jesus" with me all along and ahead of me.
Thank you and blessings... Oh, how I miss this group being active! It's such an encouragement!