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'The Darker the Night, the Brighter the Stars' Dr Sandie Freed

I’ve been thinking about the mysterious and unexpected ways in which God operates in our lives.

God manifests His glory through the brokenness of the world. What the enemy intends for evil, God uses for good.

This kind of thinking was expressed by the Puritans through the concept of the

Valley of Vision.

The thought is that God works in ways that seem to be contradictory. In the deepest valley, we can see the heights of God most clearly.

One Puritan wrote:

Let me find thy light in my darkness,

Thy life in my death

Thy joy in my sorrow

Thy grace in my sin,

Thy riches in my poverty,

Thy glory in my valley.

I love the thought that when all things seem impossible and when our lives are most challenging, those are the moments when God’s grace and compassion are most known to us.

I want to encourage you, no matter the depth of darkness, no matter the fear, and no matter what the works of the enemy are, it is never enough to extinguish the power, glory, and forgiveness of God.

As the Apostle Paul said in Romans 8,

“For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

For those of you, in the depth of a treacherous valley, or burdened by fear, I hope that you will come to know God in ways you never thought possible.

May the Lord smile on you and be gracious to you.

Dr Sandie Freed



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