Friday, September 17, 2010

Big grace and little things



. . . no deer today.


"That man is the richest whose pleasures are the cheapest" says Thoreau
And is it not a great blessing to get thrills out of everyday life? I read a great deal, and one of my favorite things is a clever turn of phrase. It is such a delight. Unexpected adjectives 'perfectly' timed are a prize.


I love, love, love the fragrance after rain . . . and beans and rice . . . and family harmony.

After all, in Philippians we are commanded as well as exhorted to rejoice--always! To find joy in the Lord through all our life here below; to see "far off and momentary correscations" of His glory in all earth's beauties. And above all to find beauty, satisfaction, and joy in the person of Jesus Christ, the only joy that sustains through any trial. "For the joy that was set before Him, endured the cross". This grace of course was not cheap, it was bought with the precious blood of Christ . . . and now it's free.


It's the same sight that sustained the martyrs. They would tell you that Christ is worth the cost.

"So lift up your heads oh you gates, be lifted up you ancient doors, that the King of glory may come in"


And by the way, if joy in the Lord can carry His people through martyrdom, can it not carry us through our daily, petty grievances and temptations? A trusting, gazing heart will respond with patience and peace. And though I constantly fail, He says "you may know [] what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to the working of his great might that he worked in Christ when he raised him from the dead."~Eph. 1:19
The same power! Therein is hope.


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. . . And if you want to know what else I like?
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. . . laughter, candles, Oscar Peterson's piano
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. . . wind in the cottonwoods, dragonflies, and poetry

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1 comment:

Katya said...

I just love you so. Your blog makes me so happy. Thank you for posting today! Your pictures were so beautiful, each one. I am so glad you took them on your walk. Your words are such a joy. Thank you for lifting my thoughts to Jesus, encouraging, exhorting. I needed it!