Wednesday, October 22, 2014

We Danced The Dance Of Laughter

We danced the dance of laughter.
A strange sound echoing.

Snorts from the youngest of the bunch. 
Inability to sing grace. 
It doesn't happen often. 
But when it does it captures everyone. 
Sweeps them into a sea of giggles. 
For a time lost in sheer convulsions.
Holy laughter. 
It happened. 
 I am so grateful. 
An evening with everyone home. 
An intentional effort made, to be together. 
The deep journey of trying to live with something always not right.
But isn't that the way it really is?
Isn't there always something missing?
Weren't we created for more?

Romans 8:22-27
For we know that the whole creation groans and suffers the pains of childbirth together until now. And not only this, but also we ourselves, having the first fruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting eagerly for our adoption as sons, the redemption of our body. For in hope we have been saved, but hope that is seen is not hope; for who hopes for what he already sees?But if we hope for what we do not see, with perseverance we wait eagerly for it. In the same way the Spirit also helps our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words;and He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.

The whole of creation, waiting eagerly for Christs return.
The hope of ALL nations. 
The reminder, there is a greater purpose.
We can not always see the workings of God.
We can not understand His ways.
"We hope for that which we can not see."

We labor until that glorious day we are called heavenward.
Though the labor may be hard and tedious.
It is all beautiful.
Our peels of laughter echoing in this home is the direct connection with our living and Holy God.
It is the response to the rest we have in Him.
Our Hope that One day; all will be set right.
As our hearts ache, and we place one foot in front of the other, we look to the Father for wisdom.
We seek His face for each step.
We dig deep and search for Hope.
For joy.
For His will to be accomplished.
Grace meets us time and time again.

Won't you take a few minutes to listen to this version of
Chris Tomlin's,  I Will Rise? 
My friends,  the victory has been won.
Jesus has conquered death.
And one day we will be called home to that glorious kingdom.
And I will rise when He calls my name. 
This shows a picture for me of Elijah's soul rising to meet Christ when He called his name.

And as heart wrenching as it is, it is also filled with great hope.
Someday, I too will rise.
There will be no more sorrow, no more pain.
May you know that assurance.
Hold that gift. 
Standing on the solid ground today.

With eyes to see.
Look past the pain. 
Look toward the hope. 
Finding the strength to journey on.
Grabbing onto all that has been given.
May your soul find deep peace today in the power Christ made available for you.

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