We are hard-pressed on every side, yet not crushed;
we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken;
struck down but not destroyed.
(2 Corinthians 4:8)
The Cathedral Church in Germany, pastored by Helmut Thielicke, burned to the ground during World War II. Yet the 3,000 people who worshiped there didn’t run away or wonder what their next move would be. Instead, every member of that congregation walked to the church, where they stood in its ashes. Standing there in his war boots, Pastor Thielicke reminded them that although the building may have burned down, the church goes on. Similarly, God alone has the power to restore your own life to a place beyond your imagination.