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“You were made to be honored.” That’s a line that stood out to me from Love Letters from the Edge: Meditations for Those Struggling with Brokenness, Trauma, and the Pain of Life. As Christian women, we were created to be honored and cherished, even if life doesn’t always end up dishing that up for us. This is a devotional book intended for women struggling to move on after abuse, PTSD, depression, and other traumatic events.
Thankfully, I can’t say I’ve experienced an abusive childhood, and I don’t know that I qualify for PTSD status either. But I think that most of us with at least a few decades of life on planet Earth have been disillusioned by life events.
I think that this book will meet many needs.Even though I couldn’t relate to some of the specific scenarios, most mornings for the past several weeks you could find me in my bedroom with this book, bawling over its messages.
With one wave of your finger, you parted the Red Sea for the children of Israel. But you didn’t come for me.
You saved Daniel in the lions’ den. But you didn’t save me. Where were you, God? Wasn’t I important enough? Was I the one person who wasn’t worth it?
On feeling defeated, here is God speaking:
You have relentlessly attacked the Enemy on the battlefield of your mind with every resource within your reach. Your eyes do not see the blows you have successfully landed and the victories you have won … the hope you see as tattered is precious to me, my child, because it has cost you dearly. You offer me all you have. Your hope shines like diamonds and adorns the heavens.
On feeling betrayed, here is God again —
Sin runs so deeply in the hearts of mankind that everyone is capable of the most desperate and despicable sin. People do not see these things in themselves because they are blind to their capacity for evil and have not all been subject to the same combinations of genetics, circumstances, generational influences, choices, and consequences of others’ sin.
I know, it may be dangerous allowing God to “speak” in meditations, but these seemed on the mark to me, and were definitely comforting.
I recommend this book for any woman who is living through a really difficult time — in other words, for all of us at some point or another.
** NOTE that the Kindle version of the book is on sale for $2.99 through Friday!