Massive branches, limbs, fronds border the shore.
Beautiful in their damaged and broken state.
Yet, strong and impressive in their beauty.
Luring us, to walk amongst the destruction.
To pose for photos next to nature’s enormous debris.
Standing proudly, smiling prominently as if an honor to be alongside.
The beautiful aftermath.
Storms cannot destroy grandeur.
Cannot diminish courage.
Will not silence or obscure the power of the telling.
The brave sharing of troubles that came.
Of strength that was tested.
Strongly different, altered, broken, but not destroyed.
Softened, perhaps and surrendered by the grace of storm.
Conquerors, enduring hopeful survivors with fascinating stories.
My story, my song…sharing the beautiful afters.
Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God, through Jesus. We gained this access through faith. So, we can stand and rejoice in the glory of God. We can rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering teaches us to persevere, which gives us character and character reminds us to rely on hope.
Hope does not disappoint us. Hope is God’s love poured into our hearts by the Holy Spirit. Romans 5: 1-5
Hope gets us through to the Beautiful After.