Hardships, our

Are over when we can be thankful for them

October 20th 2016
We may accept hardship and understand it but at the same time experience bitterness, sadness or regret: we may think it would have been far better not to have gone through it! In that sense, you could say it is not yet over. When can we say a period of hardship is over? When we are able to be thankful for it. On the face of it, we may have nothing to show for it, or even worse still, it may have caused us to lose many things, even people dear to us. And yet, a long time after the hardship, we sense that our light, our love and our strength have increased, and we are overwhelmed with peace and joy. Only then can we say we have overcome the hardship and that it is over.