Realm of Briar

photo by Josh Scholten

Far from Love the Heavenly Father 
Leads the Chosen Child, 
Oftener through Realm of Briar 
Than the Meadow mild.

~Emily Dickinson

I know folks being dragged through the realm of briar right now.  They are dealing with life-threatening disease, disintegration of relationships, significant mental health challenges or the results of random tragedy.  The cruelty of so much earthly suffering cannot be easily explained nor dismissed.  It feels “far from love” to be chosen to walk through a place that rips and tears away at one’s very flesh and spirit.  Yet many of us are chosen to experience such trials rather than allowed to live life in the mild meadow.

The only consolation is that we are not alone on this path of pain.  The Chosen Child, sent to walk alongside us through the realm of briar,  bleeds with us, bleeds because of us, bleeds for us, bleeds when we have nothing left, ultimately bleeds so we no longer have to.

To be everlastingly filled, we must first be emptied.

To find our forever home, we must admit we have lost our way and need rescue.

Accompanied through the realm of briar, we suffer wounds that only Love can heal.

3 thoughts on “Realm of Briar

  1. Great post! Truly we are not alone. Ultimately, by His mercy, He will save those from the wreckage of sin. Yet, all presently aware of their repentance can realize the Kingdom at hand as He patiently walks with us through the briar. God is near – Peace, Chris


  2. So beautifully written Emily. I shared this post with my daughters as both of their families are going through the briars at this time. This is such a visual with Josh’s wonderful photo. Blessings sent to you and your family. Laura


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