It’s… startling that the cosmic King comes into the common and actually speaks intimately to the commoners. The whole of creation is an amphitheater, the voices of the created and the Creator ringing off everything that is.
Just that maybe … maybe you don’t want to change the story, because you don’t know what a different ending holds.
When we lay the soil of our hard lives open to the rain of grace and let joy penetrate our cracked and dry places, let joy soak into our broken skin and deep crevices, life grows.
A life contemplating the blessings of Christ becomes a life acting the love of Christ.
It’s only when you live the prayer of thanksgiving that you live the power of trusting God.
And I see a world through His lens: “He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?” (Romans 8:32 NIV).
True saints know that the place where all the joy comes from is far deeper than that of feelings; joy comes from the place of the very presence of God. Joy is God and God is joy and joy doesn’t negate all other emotions—joy transcends all other emotions.
The greatest thing is to give thanks for everything. He who has learned this knows what it means to live…. He has penetrated the whole mystery of life: giving thanks for everything.