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A Crown of Beauty for Ashes

Many of you know that for the first 8.5 weeks of the pandemic, my husband and I were separated. We lost his dad and he went to Syria to grieve. No one could have predicted border and airport closures. He returned to us one month ago.
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The challenges of those weeks were innumerable. I focused on my job and two sons, quarantined, and depended on a few close friends. Thank God the sickness never came to our house. We survived.
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He came home and the tension I’d held in my body escaped in physical soreness like after the hardest workout I’d ever done. The tension in my emotions escaped through tears.
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The tension in my mind has escaped slowly. Maybe because the pandemic is not over. Probably because the loss still remains, especially the loss of a father and grandfather.
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My friend told me I’m not just a survivor but a warrior princess or queen for what I did those 8.5 weeks. So I bought a crown. I wrote all that we experienced on the same ribbon I used for our wedding crowns. I wove it all together.
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You hardly see the suffering written on one side of the ribbon. What you see is the beauty that’s come from it. God is weaving something beautiful from our suffering, friends.
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“. . . we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does [disappoint us], because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.” Romans‬ ‭5:3-5‬ ‭NIV‬‬
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“Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” 2 Corinthians‬ ‭4:16-18‬ ‭NIV‬‬

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