Chasing Light From Behind The Shadows Vol. 1

 

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Introduction

"It's always darkest before dawn."

Chasing light from behind the shadows is a series of thoughts, ponders, contemplative reflections, and short stories that transpired over the course of a five year window of my life.

I wish I could say it was an easy five years. But it wasn't. Quite frankly, it was probably the five hardest years of my life. 

If I am honest with you, written on the pages of this book is essentially me seeking to cheerlead myself to a brighter day by either encouragement through self talk, prayer and faith, or by finding hope woven into others that I had crossed paths with.

To read this, it's best you read at your own pace. I didn't write these words overnight. Therefore, you might not choose to read them overnight.

Regardless, these words were written during the darkest of my times. Hence, the chasing light from behind the shadows. Yet, if I am honest, the only reason for the shadows, as I know now, is because it's dawn.

I hope you enjoy. 

- Gunnar  

PS. Don't let the 70 chapters scare you. Some are but just a paragraph long, while others will invite you to join me on the path to witness a couple unlikely friends meeting up for a brief few moments. Either way, I hope you will find something in here that was written just for you.

 

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Chasing Light From Behind The Shadows?

Chasing light from behind the shadows says more about what stands before me than what lies behind me. That is, if I choose to think that way.

For perhaps the true aim here would be instead to rather chase shadows from within the light than to chase light from behind the shadows.

But what if it was light who instead first chased us? What if to catch the light was to simply surrender to the light and therefore be in the light which would then turn all my darkness into the light?

Hmm.

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Part I - Lost Meet Found

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Life Is Like A Maze

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The Chorus Of A Thousand Footprints

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Hospice Care For Broken Dreams

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Shining Light Through Barbed Wire Fences

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Inside Out: Meeting Chaos with Mercy

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Broken Houses

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Lay Down Your Sword And..

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Part II - Life Meet Hope

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Was Hope Present Yesterday?

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Where Treasure Awaits

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When Lessons Become Life

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Leaving Tears Behind

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(Life Is) Not Done Yet

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Light Wins.. It Must.. It Has.

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Taking A Chance On Encouragement

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Outdoor School

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Hang On Pain Ends?

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Permission Granted

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Requirements of a Human Doing

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Giving Thanks Is The Antidote To Frustration And Disappointment

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Leaning In To Life’s Lessons

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Part III - Heart Meet Others

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I Didn't Get His Name

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His Name Is Matt

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God's Got You Bro!

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Everybody Needs Somebody

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What If One Smile?

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An Only Child Takes Flight

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Cheerleading The Unnoticed

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Turning 47 When He Died At 46

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Everyone Matters

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No One Likes Me

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Part IV - Quotes Meet Ponders

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A Peculiar Series Of Short Ponders

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What Dines At The Table Of Each Sunset

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Being Okay With Yesterday

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Reprise: Chasing Light From Behind The Shadows

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