That Which Doesn’t Kill Us Makes Us Stronger

 “That which doesn’t kill us makes us stronger” Nietzsche

I think it would be more adequate to say that which doesn’t kill us has the potential to make us stronger.  We can wallow around in self pity and despair and not only not be strengthened by life’s circumstances, but to be made weak or we can pull ourselves up and keep fighting.

I just finished watching the most recent episode of “This is Us.”  Jack’s alcoholic and abusive father is in the nursing home and won’t last much longer.   Jack, on a fishing trip with his boys, decides not to cancel the trip.  He tells Rebecca,” He’s been dead to me for a long time”  Rebecca walks down the hallway of the nursing home to Stanley’s room.


Standing at the door, she tells him that Jack is not coming and turns to walk away…hesitating she turns back and tells Stanley that in spite of the father he was (or rather wasn’t),  Jack was a good provider, a good husband and a good father.

“You didn’t screw him up, you made him stronger”

I don’t know anyone living that hasn’t faced hard things.  Some of us have a parent like Jack’s dad, others of us face tragedy in other ways.   Circumstances of life can put us on the mat; we can give up, or we can get back up and fight.  When we fight the those attitudes we become stronger.

I’ve got some attitudes to change, some deep, long standing hurts to heal. With the power and strength of the Holy Spirit  I’ll succeed in conquering them and I’ll be stronger.

Today’s hymn is Breathe on Me, Breath of God.  Written by Edward Hatch in 1876 and published privately in 1978 and publicly in 1886.

Hatch knew that though he had written the hymn using simple words, they had profound meaning with references to creation of man by God in Genesis and in the spiritual breath of God which came to humanity via Jesus at Pentecost.[4]credit to Wikipedia. 

Breathe on me, breath of God,
Fill me with life anew,
That I may love what Thou dost love,
And do what Thou wouldst do.

Breathe on me, breath of God,
Until my heart is pure,
Until with Thee I will one will,
To do and to endure.

Breathe on me, breath of God,
Blend all my soul with Thine,
Until this earthly part of me
Glows with Thy fire divine.

Breathe on me, breath of God,
So shall I never die,
But live with Thee the perfect life
Of Thine eternity.

This is day 26 of the 31 day writing challenge.  I’m using Five Minute Friday prompts and posting a hymn with my words.  You’ll find the other posts here.  Today’s word is change. 


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