This is NOT a post about finding the "lesson" behind pain.
We've all probably had the experience of wanting to slap someone who tells you, "God only gives you a cross you can bear," or "there's always a silver lining," or "what's the lesson here?" None of that is truly helpful when you're in the grips of pain.
There are certain kinds of pain that only time and healing can make better. Perhaps it's the death of a loved one; or the void of a breakup; or the loss of a deeply cherished dream.