One of the books I have just finished is The Choice, by Edith Eger. When you understand the pain and trauma she had to endure as a teenage prisoner of war, surviving the hell of Auschwitz, then her words make a huge impact on your life.
Edith embraces the desire to forgive and to work hard at allowing healing to take place. In her book she never glosses over the journey of healing and the commitment to live a better life. One of the things she wrote really stuck with me:
“Taking risks doesn’t mean throwing ourselves blindly into danger. But it means embracing our fears so that we aren’t imprisoned by them.”―
Here are a few other insights she shares in her book.
“We can’t choose to vanish the dark, but we can choose to kindle the light.”
“Time doesn't heal. It’s what you do with the time. Healing is possible when we choose to take responsibility, when we choose to take risks, and finally, when we choose to release the wound, to let go of the past or the grief.”
I am grateful that Jesus has offered us the gift of healing and forgiveness. Jesus took numerous risks and I know that following him is also a risk worth taking.
Luke 7:9 - "When Jesus heard this, he was amazed at him, and turning to the crowd following him, he said, “I tell you, I have not found such great faith even in Israel.”
Living in Grace