A dream died this week. New life began this week. And God was good this week.
A 10-year-old covenant ended with a piece of paper: Dissolution of Marriage. One spouse couldn’t rest in grace and deliverance. The man I called Papa chose a different life, and the Little Blonde is now free.
I asked if she’s okay. Like a sun-kissed daffodil, her face beamed radiant, and she said yes. She knows the lover of her soul will never leave nor forsake, and she stands ready to live, ready to love.
When God created the picture of Himself and His bride on earth and blessed their union, He joined two into one, never to be torn asunder. Man’s sin and foolishness have marred the perfect image of God’s love, beauty, and sacrifice. Yet Christ’s redeeming love lives, grasps, holds. The beauty of His passion is seen in those who march forward; those who reach out, take hold of His unchanging hand, and choose to marinate in His grace and goodness and offer up the sacrifice of praise – hard eucharisteo.
“The Word has nail-scarred hands that cup our face close, wipe away the tears running down, has eyes to look deep into our brimming ache, and whisper, ‘I know, I know’…”
Everything is eucharisteo. Because eucharisteo is how Jesus, at the Last Supper, showed us to transfigure all things – take the pain that is given, give thanks for it, and transform it into a joy that fulfills all emptiness…
This, the hard eucharisteo. The hard discipline to lean into the ugly and whisper thanks to transfigure it into beauty. The hard discipline to give thanks for all things at all times because He is all good…All is grace because all can transfigure.
Wrestle with God, beg to see the blessings.” Ann Voskamp, One Thousand Gifts
It always precedes the miracle.
Unwrapping the Gifts
949. A woman of strength and love to do life with…I love you, Mama!
944. A new morning and the new mercies and faithfulness I see (Lamentations 3:23)
948. He never leaves us nor forsakes us; He will not, He will not, He will not (Hebrews 13:5 AMP)
716. A day to just stay in jammies and watch movies
945. Spring’s new life
946. Choosing to feel both joy and pain, and stay open to the blessings
947. Nail-scarred hands that hold, cleanse, and restore
Please tell me, what gifts have you unwrapped this week?