A blanket of snow covers the ground. What was visible yesterday is hidden today. What was there is still there, it is just hidden from our eyes.
We cleaned the front yard the other morning while the weather was nice. We didn’t get to the back yard. There are still leaves to rake, dead flowers to pull up, and general cleaning and putting away of things. The snow covers it all. The front, raked and clean looks exactly like the back with leaves and plants still in place.
The grace of God covers all. The best of my ambitions and efforts as well as the worst inside of me trying to get out. The grace of God covers it all; my deepest sorrows which, paradoxically is my greatest joy. The loss of death is the overwhelming welcome of the certainty of resurrection. The pain of loss; the joy of expectations – grace – maybe it doesn’t just cover it all, but causes it all.
Dad was sown in tears this week; but Jesus will reap him with shouts of joy!
Psalm 126 – “When the Lord restored the fortunes of Zion,
we were like those who dream.
2 Then our mouth was filled with laughter,
and our tongue with shouts of joy;
then they said among the nations,
“The Lord has done great things for them.”
3 The Lord has done great things for us;
we are glad.
4 Restore our fortunes, O Lord,
like streams in the Negeb!
5 Those who sow in tears
shall reap with shouts of joy!
6 He who goes out weeping,
bearing the seed for sowing,
shall come home with shouts of joy,
bringing his sheaves with him.”
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