January 10, 2013


Sadness has a unique and interesting ability to deepen the human cavity of compassion.  It helps us later on to have an already existing space in which to move, to place important hooks from which to hang other experiences on and then to draw from them to give help and comfort to others.  Together these experiences build a history of deep understanding of the tough stuff of life, create multiplying potential to feel for others and drive us to articulate things that others are afraid to.  We become more valuable, sensitive and compassionate people when we experience sadness, go through the appropriate grieving process and move on.  There is no other avenue for becoming a whole person than to embrace both the highs and lows that life deals out and to work intentionally to reap their benefits.

In spite of the pain, don't rush the journey through sadness.  Neither should you prolong it unnecessarily.  There is a Healer who will guide you on this journey.  This is one of my favourite truths about Him:

"You are my hiding place;
You will protect me from trouble
and surround me with songs of deliverance."
Psalm 32:7

Two things really stand out to me here.  The first is that He is a safe, Hiding Place. And we all need that in difficult times - especially when it may be hard to articulate to others what you are experiencing.  With Him, you needn't say a word and He knows it all.  But if you do want to pour it all out - unrehearsed and unedited, raw & even messy - He's ok with that, too.  He is safe.  In that safe place He protects us from trouble (even innumerable things we are unaware of).

The second thing that really gets me is: He is in the business of deliverance.  Deliverance from trouble, pain, sadness, enemies and all kinds of things.  But His deliverance is different from what may be our first image....His deliverance  is of a musical sort.

Does it seem strange that deliverance should come in the form of a song rather than a sword?  Wouldn't we rather have the sadness be cut off quickly and be done with it?  I rather think God knows there is an important process to be journeyed in sadness that must be gently sung over and not quickly cut off.

His songs of deliverance surround.  They are appropriate to your situation. He will not sing prematurely.  He will not sing songs that are too jubilant for your mood.  He will sing songs that deliver.  That deliver your soul.  This is stunning to me.

Songs....of deliverance...from sadness, grief and distresses and disappointments of all sorts.  As we remain in our Hiding Place at a time of sorrow, He will softly begin to sing...and our mournful melodies are slowly but powerfully transformed. 

Today I choose to take Him up today on this amazing invitation - to hide, to be protected, to be sung to and to be delivered.  He is always available with surround sound for those who enter His Hiding Place. I hope to meet you there...

Photo by:  txdragonfly11


  1. I love the line about how sadness deepens the space for human compassion. Wow. Is is so true, and such a wonderful way to look at pain, a gift that lasts beyond the suffering.

  2. Wow, this is great! What a stunning word picture--songs of deliverance. This has a lot of great nuggets for me to mine--I'll be visiting it again.

    Hope that you and your family had a nice Christmas. I hope that your time with your girls was rich.

  3. Thank you for sharing this, Pam. I especially like the idea that God sings over us when we are sad. I was feeling this way today - missing my kids - and Daniel had sent me this post of yours last week - which i discovered in my email this morn - so, thank you for blessing me.

  4. Pam, thank you for sharing these thoughts. I especially love the idea of God singing over us in our sadness. I woke feeling sad today - missing my kids and mothering - and remembered that Daniel had sent this post you wrote to me last week. Thank you for your encouraging words. xo

  5. So happy to bring a little encouragement to you - you who are always busy encouraging others. May He be present in this new season you are walking. Thank Daniel for me for passing on the link! love you guys

  6. This is a deeply insightful and moving reflection, Pam. Thank you for being attentive enough to the Spirit and diligent enough to His prompting to write it down. I'll send more thoughts in an email.

  7. Greg, thanks for writing and sharing in this pilgrim journey...you are appreciated...


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