Thursday, May 10, 2012

Life Grows

In One Thousand Gifts, Ann Voskamp shares her personal story and challenges her readers to experience their own transforming lives of thankfulness. She says, “The brave who focus on all things beautiful and all things true, even in the small, who give thanks for it and discover joy even in the here and now, they are the change agents who bring fullest Light to all the world. 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. How can this not be the best thing for the world? For us? The clouds open when we mouth thanks.”

We have been blessed these past few weeks to see life grow here in the village. Away from the big gray buildings of the city, we are surrounded here by the green of nature and have been given the gift of seeing spring blossoming before our eyes. It has been beautiful and Charly has taken some great photos. (The first four were taken during our week of drama, and I was amazed at the way God gave Charly keen eyes and a heart of thankfulness to capture God's beauty in creation in the midst of all our uncertainty.)


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