" I awaken to the strange truth that all new life comes out of the dark places...
Out of darkness, God spoke forth the teeming life...Out of the darkness of the
cross, the world transfigures into new life. And there is no other way. It is
suffering that has the realest possibility to bear down and deliver grace.
And grace that chooses to bear the cross of suffering overcomes that suffering.
...I try to think straight, truest straight. My pain, my dark - all the world's pain,
all the world's dark - it might actually taste sweet to the tongue, be the genesis
of new life? Yes. And emptiness itself can birth the fullness of grace because in
the emptiness we have the opportunity to turn to God, the only begetter of grace,
and there find all the fullness of joy."
- Ann Voskamp in One Thousand Gifts