In The Promises we read, "No matter how far down the scale we have gone we will see how our experiences can benefit others." Our pain becomes strength, the things that shamed us become tools and gifts.
Here--for poetry month--is a beautiful rendering of this same sentiment by playwright and novelist Thornton Wilder--author of "Our Town." He writes:
“Without your wounds where would your power be? The very angels themselves cannot persuade the wretched and blundering children on earth as can one human being broken on the wheels of living. In Love’s service, only the wounded can serve.”