Sometimes when life doesn't turn out the way we thought it would, our tendency is to try to fight the feelings of loss, anger, and being out of control. Dreams are dashed, people get sick, promises are broken, deaths occur, life gets messy, and we clench our fists tightly around whatever we can, trying to hold onto our perception of normal. When we learn to loosen our grip, unclench our fists, and grasp God's hand, a place of rest and healing can begin. His faithfulness becomes our new focus, and our tight knuckles open up and rest in God's palm of peace. Letting go is possible, because the discovery of God's faithfulness runs like a smooth salve over the bruised and broken places in our lives. That discovery can be trusted and counted on, beyond our wounded hearts, frayed nerves, and unanswerable questions. The journey is worth the process, and restoration and hope can then replace pain and loss.