Finding the Priceless Pearl
By: Susan Deborah Schiller
Underneath the pain and grief lies your greatest blessing.
A pearl of great price is formed layer upon layer.
Abandonment floods the soul with a priceless opportunity to choose to see beyond the pain.
Rejection's relentless persecution and torment crush the soul, but yet you choose to love again.
There is great beauty forming amidst the ashes.
Two mercies for every woe.
Layer by layer, your pearl is forming.
There in the darkness you endure yet another sting of betrayal.
You turn your face upward and rejoice in a Love that has promised to never forsake you.
You choose to trust, even when all is lost.
Fresh grief spills over into old wounds, festering with unforgiveness, pain, and bitterness.
And yet you choose to release the offenses. You choose the way of Love. You forgive and are cleansed.
Layer by layer, your pearl of great price grows more lustrous.
More fiery darts make their mark. Direct hits to your soul.
Instead of self-pity you choose to bless.
The bottom drops out of your finances, bills are overdue, and you're about to lose your home.
You sigh. You cry. And inside you die.
But in the midst of this cruelty you abandon yourself to Love.
Layer by layer, the pain is transformed by Love into a pearl of great price.
You, my dear one, are that pearl of great price.
His life in you. Your life in Him.
The Kingdom of God is within.
You've purchased the pearl of great price!
"For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it; but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it. "For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul? — Matthew 16:26
With all my love,
Susan Schiller knows how it feels to lose everything: marriage and family, church and reputation, finances and businesses, and more. Susan's upcoming, interactive memoir, "On the Way Home," tells the story of how she came to be known as "the most abused woman" her counselors had yet met and how she learned to navigate to freedom and fullness.
Today Susan helps people write their life stories, unearthing the treasures of their past and sowing them into their future, creating new family legacies.
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