If You Want to Live Truly, Learn to Die Daily

All year round the thorn of the gorse bush has been hardening and sharpening. Even in spring, the thorn does not soften or fall off. But at last, about halfway up, two brown furry balls emerge. They are small at first, but then they fully break out of last year’s thorn to flower into a ray of sunshine. The hardness gives way to a delicate beauty. The death of the thorn splits open to produce a blossoming resurrection of life. Death and resurrection.

We find the same pattern in our own lives.

I noticed this death-and-resurrection pattern when I became a mother. I had a traumatic birth experience, my full-term baby had to be admitted to the NICU, and he wouldn’t nurse. I battled through the difficult nursing experience I had with him for two weeks, was just about to give up, and then it worked out. When we got home from the hospital he would cry all night, and not go back to sleep, even when he was just fed. I would usually cry with him.

When evening time would come, feelings of dread would make my stomach sick because I knew what night would bring. On top of this, my body was trying to adjust to this new transition. My hormones launched me into depression. I would cry a lot for no reason, and I felt a constant loneliness and then guilt on top of it all for feeling like this when I had a new baby.

This was supposed to be a joyful time. But I felt like I was dying.

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1 thought on “If You Want to Live Truly, Learn to Die Daily”

  1. Liz,

    I loved you article this morning! (-: How true and beautiful promises of God! I wanted to share what I wrote yesterday morning!

    I love you as far as the east is to the west! I can’t wait to see you tomorrow!

    Love you so much!

    Lucy Wann, Realtor Coldwell Banker Real Estate

    20510 Rt 19 Suite 101 Cranberry Twp, PA 16066

    Office: 724-776-2900 x242 Cell: 724-866-4672 Fax: 724-264-4909 lucy.wann@pittsburghmoves.com

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