There are times in life when we feel burdened and overwhelmed by hurt, pain, loss and grief. No human can avoid or escape this reality.
Our hearts tend to want to hide our pain away, avoid it, push it down and try not to feel it. After all, where do you go with your pain? What can you do when your soul aches?
There is, and always has been, a place where the weary soul can go to find rest and comfort. This place is found in the presence of God, where His Everlasting Arms can hold you and compassionately feel your pain with you, as His comfort soothes your soul.
‘FOR I HAVE SATIATED THE WEARY SOUL’ Jeremiah 31:25
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She trudged up the hill,
her knees stabbing with pain.
Her shopping was getting heavier with every step she took,
and her neck ached with her load.
She looked behind. “I’ve come a long way.
Oh, that is so steep! How did I make it to here?”
She looked ahead. “Not that far!”
and heaved her weary body forward,
determined to make it to the top.
‘COME TO ME ALL YOU WHO ARE WEARY AND HEAVY LADEN AND I WILL GIVE YOU REST’ Matthew 11: 28
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She paced the floor,
tears rolling down her cheeks.
“Not again! Why, God, why?”
She was still shaking from the phone call.
She wanted to scream. Her head pounded.
Hammers inside it were beating fast.
At last, she sank into her armchair,
exhausted. “When’s it going to end!”
‘HE IS YOUR REFUGE IN TIMES OF TROUBLE’ Psalm 46:1
The author, Madeleine Calcutt, has always loved writing and her teaching background led to a career as a children’s librarian in schools and public libraries.
This writing passion was further fired up after completing several writing courses, teaching creative writing in community centers and forming several writing groups.
Madeleine has written picture books and short stories for children, plays and short stories for adults about women. An historical novel for older children called ‘All Aboard!: Jenny’s Story of the Mayflower Voyage’ and an adult novel called ‘Step of Faith’ have been published.
Madeleine is, at present, working on an historical series for teens and has branched out into freelance journalism with a travel magazine.