Sometimes things get personal. Really personal. And try as you might, you can’t keep them at arm’s length. It’s not just pain – it’s your pain. Not simply struggle – it’s your struggle. Not merely grief – it’s your grief. But you buck up, try to show you’re in control and act like it doesn’t affect you. But it does. And you know it. Which means it is in that moment when you most fight to be in control that you actually need to do the opposite – be real, human and vulnerable with yourself, with others and, most importantly, with God. The reason is simple. You experience God’s compassion through your failures. God’s strength through your weakness. God’s healing through your deepest despair. And God’s presence through your weakness. Sure it’s hard to understand. But that’s okay. Because experiencing God’s love is far more important than understanding it.