Just below the surface. 

On a recent trip to Germany, I learned something new that has held my fascination for the past few weeks. 

The region I was visiting at one point of my trip was heavily bombed in WWII by the allies due to its industrial contribution to the German war effort. At first thought, I was amazed at how the region has recovered since then – granted they have had a few decades to rebuild. What shocked me more was that I learned that there are still live bombs hidden underground. Every time there is new construction or reconstruction, the ground is searched for these explosives. Unknown bombs are found quite often and have to get diffused. It was and is so hard to fathom that the implications of a past war are still a current reality for many. 
This got me thinking. I’m sure most have heard the phrase, “be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.” This quote kept coming up in my mind as I learned about the hidden bombs. Everyone around me is on a journey of change and growth. Every day provides new ground that may be safe or may contain an element of danger. 
I am continually grateful for those who have dared to bravely walk into my construction zone with me – knowing that it may contain danger. Time after time, I have been met with love, understanding and grace. This combination has been key to diffusing the remnants of wars leftover inside of me. I can only hope that I am able to pay forward the gift given to me of safety, grace, and love. 
Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle. 

  1. Joy,

    Thanks for the incredibly insightful post. I’m also grateful for others like you that have ventured with me into my construction zones with love and compassion. May we all come through those hard battles and find restoration in Christ – then turn and help others.

    Many hugs, Mom



  2. Joy, that is a great connection with Germany still has to do and what is in all of us.
    May this season of life good and full for you as you allow people to know you and you them. Love, Sibyl


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