The Shadowlands


Isn’t God supposed to be good? Isn’t He supposed to love us? Does God want us to suffer? What if the answer to that question is, ‘Yes'”? I suggest to you that it is because God loves us that He makes us the gift of suffering.

I’m not sure that God wants us to be happy. I think He wants us to be able to love and be loved. He wants us to grow-up. We think our childish toys bring us all the happiness there is and our nursery is the whole wide world. But something must drive us out of the nursery to the world of others and that something is suffering.

You see, we are like blocks of stone out of which the sculptor carves forms of men. The blows of His chisel, which hurt so much, are what makes us perfect.

C.S. Lewis

Lewis referred to this life as “The Shadowlands”.  The place where we see the shape of the promise but not its substance.

I am caught between the world I live in and the world to come.  There is beauty in both, but only in Eternity will my heart be at home.

Right now, I am Living Between the Crucifixion and the Resurrection

not your best life






Author: Melanie

I am a shepherd, wife and mother of four amazing children, three that walk the earth with me and one who lives with Jesus. This is a record of my grief journey and a look into the life I didn't choose. If you are interested in joining a community of bereaved parents leaning on the promises of God in Christ, please like the public Facebook page, "Heartache and Hope: Life After Losing a Child" and join the conversation.

4 thoughts on “The Shadowlands”

  1. I know that this is an old post, Melanie, and perhaps you have read “Heaven” by Randy Alcorn by now. However, if not, can I recommend it? Yes it is a fairly “meaty” book, but it’s one of the books that made all the difference for me.

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  2. Melanie, have you read Mr. Alcorn’s book, “Heaven”? I have a copy but haven’t read it yet and was just wondering if you or any of your readers have.

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    1. I have not. It’s on my list but while I was once an avid reader-often with 3 or 4 books going at once-I now find it difficult to tackle many things longer than a magazine article. But I have a stack of books waiting and would love to hear from anyone who has read it.


      1. I know exactly what you mean. I used to read a lot as well but it’s been awhile since my self-diagnosed “adult ADD” (probably stress & technology induced) kicked in a few years ago and left me handicapped in many areas that require much concentration.

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