Merciful Wounds

If it takes the wounds of a cherished friend to teach me more of my Savior, then I welcome them in spite of their pain. If it takes the wounds of a cherished friend to take me to the Cross, I welcome them as scars of God’s love upon my open hands that have been forced by grace to release their stubborn grip.

—Holly Stratton

Loving Difficult People

What if you made it to the end of your life having loved only those who loved you back? Loving difficult people is a harder path of faith, but it’s also where His greatest work begins in our own heart. It’s where we begin to learn new lessons like, “getting them before they get you” doesn’t make us stronger. Or that living on the defense all the time leaves us little energy to battle what really matters. “Lord, …I am well loved by You, and I ask that You help me love others in the same way.”

—Suzanne Eller