My mom just came into town, since she is going to be helping me after my surgery. She just handed me a piece of paper with this on it, and asked me to read it before going to bed, and again when I woke up:
"Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you. For I am the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior." from Isaiah 43:1-3 NRSV
I like the idea of walking through fire and not being burned. Maybe singed a little is all.
I don't see this process as smooth sailing, but I (somewhat surprisingly) have faith that I will come through it. With scars, yes. But without being consumed.
Thank you for reminding me, Mom.