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Grace P. Cho is a Korean American writer, poet, speaker, and the editorial manager at (in)courage. She believes telling our stories can change the world and desires to elevate women of color’s voices in the publishing industry. Learn more at @gracepcho and gracepcho.com.

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  1. Grace-
    I love this message and would like to send to my son. Is there a way to send a link through text or forward in an email?
    Thanks

  2. Grace,

    God is constantly pruning us in order to make & mold us into His image. We can’t have all good & no bad. The weeds of this secular world need to be pulled out lest they choke out the good news. Seasons change. Some may take a while longer than others, but remember God is at work even in our dark times. Each trial/tribulation is intended to build us up spiritually. helps me to learn to trust God more readily & to know He is there always ready to help. Like a garden we need to do our part. We need to read & study the Bible daily. Listen to great messages. Then we must go out into the world & tell of His goodness. One can’t give anything without having a tankful & then coming back to get more.

    Blessings 🙂

  3. Perfect words……I like what Kris Camealy wrote about growing beside you in the shadows.

  4. I Kings 8:12 says, “The Lord said that he would dwell in the thick darkness.” And this from Ps. 139: 11-12: “If I say, ‘Surely the darkness will hide me and the light become night around me,’ even the darkness will not be dark to you; the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to you.” Light and dark are all the same to God. I have found my dark times (and I’m in one right now) to be so difficult, because they are times of unknowing, and we can see so much better in the light. Light times also seem warmer and friendlier. And yet, I also know that my eyes will adjust to the darkness, and I will begin to see things in the shadows. If it were not for the darkness, I would never see the brilliance of the stars. I think too of all the beauty wrought in darkness, as you, Grace, so beautifully point out about seeds and the seed of yourself. Because of the darkness, negatives emerge into beautiful photographs, bulbs burst into beautiful lilies and crocuses, and butterflies burst from dark chrysalides (just to name some). And the deepest darkness of all, the grave, will give way to the most brilliant light of all, our resurrected bodies and the brilliant light of the glory of the Lord and seeing Jesus face to face. When we know God is at work in life midst the darkness of our actual death or the death of dreams (or whatever our darkness may be), we take hope and we know truth, and we can go on. The greater glory is yet to come. I pray God will let you see His stars in their fuller glory in your personal darkness.

    Happy New Year, Grace!
    Lynn Morrissey

    • I love that part about seeing our eyes adjust in the darkness and that we will begin to see things in the shadows. Yes to everything you said, Lynn. Thank you.

  5. Seems a gardener could learn a lot of good theology while digging in the dirt.
    I love these words. Thank you for sharing them.