God allows grief and grace to grow exist in the same space. Nature is the very best illustrator of this reality. Day and night, winter and summer, sun and rain, life and death–each makes room and is made more beautiful by the other.
God created us to do life together. We have an innate (and good) need to be seen, heard, and held. Connecting with each other creates room for hope.
God created us with the ability to heal. Emotional wounds do not have to take up permanent residence in our hearts. God designed us with the capacity to eternally respond to His redemption story. Love always gets the last word.
We believe in one God, the Father almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all things visible and invisible. And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, begotten from the Father before all ages, God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God,begotten, not made; of the same essence as the Father. Through him all things were made. For us and for our salvation he came down from heaven; he became incarnate by the Holy Spirit and the virgin Mary, and was made human. He was crucified for us under Pontius Pilate; he suffered and was buried. The third day he rose again, according to the Scriptures. He ascended to heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again with glory to judge the living and the dead. His kingdom will never end. And we believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life. He proceeds from the Father and the Son, and with the Father and the Son is worshiped and glorified. He spoke through the prophets. We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic church. We affirm one baptism for the forgiveness of sins. We look forward to the resurrection of the dead, and to life in the world to come. Amen. - The Nicene Creed
Charlotte is married to Ron and lives in Southeast, MO. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Ministry from Nazarene Bible College, and a Master's in Pastoral Counseling from Regent University. She enjoys jigsaw puzzles, flower gardening, and traveling--especially up north summers in Michigan. She is a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors and is a weekly small group leader with Bible Study Fellowship International.