Antidote to Pain

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The antidote to pain…

…is praise.

Slow learner that I am, my heart has soaked in a solitary sadness that fastened steel fingers around its flesh. To dwell upon the dismal aloneness—when life does not bloom the flowers I had hoped to tend, I see wilted petals and mourn my empty garden. I pay no attention to what quietly grows in their place.

But to find a calm in the midst of raging winds, to be weather-stained and beaten down is a desperate position, when my heart swells with poisoned hope that bursts and infects my veins, how do I look up when I am paralyzed from within?

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It is a moment beyond myself, a gentle prod of angels, to part my lips and praise the day for its thorns. To reach beyond myself, reminded that I originate from dust, and breath is a given wonder, never even guaranteed. Though my spirit be anchored down, each gift received is named and numbered, lifted to the One who has claim to them all. The more I usher in the blessings of this life, the more aware of just how small I am, and how He handles my heart—what truly matters.

Yes, the pain may blind me. But the supernatural bounty brings sight to my heart more vivid than a snap of light. I am lifted above myself, to eternity’s embrace, and that alone does ease all discomfort.

Sarah Rennicke

Sarah Rennicke loves words. She also loves people. And she loves weaving them together in honest and vulnerable ways. She loves slowing down and listening to the heartbeats of this world, exploring the hidden hopes and deepest fears tucked away in souls. She believes that God created imagination to truly see His handiwork, and that we are all desiring to be seen, known, and loved.

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  • As you know Sarah, I am fascinated by your writing. “A gentle prod of angels”…wow, the way you weave words is beautiful and touches my heart and soul! Thank you!

    • Thanks so much for reading, Rosie. Sarah does have a wonderful way with words. Poetic, eclectic, different. Real. Her writing is soul food. I’m so glad you’ve found solace in her words.

  • Beautifully written, Sarah! I too have found the antidote to pain is praise.

  • Rosie, your encouragement always boosts my heart and keeps me going. Thank you for walking this journey with me. 🙂

  • Thanks for reading, Beckie! Funny how God uses similar struggles to bring us together. Hope you have a beautiful day!