I love this very much, dear Luminosity! The mere awareness of Him loving you always, is a great "softener".
You brought back a memory from my past when someone sent me a nice arrangement of cactus plants on a certain occasion, telling me on an accompanying card that he perceived me as prickly as those cactuses. That surprised me very much, as I didn't recognize myself in that description!
Very beautiful work.
on the threshold of a dream
"hurt more from the inside than out" - Sometimes we hurt ourselves more than the world ever could... and more so when the seepings from our aches create a shell that shuts out the very One who can soothe our hurts and restore hope. Beautiful write of pain, dear friend... Your heart is softer than you think.