To live content with small means; to seek elegance rather than luxury, and refinement rather than fashion; to be worthy, not respectable, and wealthy, not, rich; to listen to stars and birds, babes and sages, with open heart; to study hard; to think quietly, act frankly, talk gently, await occasions, hurry never; in a word, to let the spiritual, unbidden and unconscious, grow up through the common--this is my symphony.
~William Henry Channing

Tuesday, February 22, 2011


It's part of our lives. For some it is something to reject, to escape from as fast as possible. For others it is recognized as a gift, albeit a difficult one to accept, that they should steward very carefully. How odd does it sound to say that we shouldn't squander our grief? It is a burden but one we don't carry alone. He is the great Comforter and what He has revealed about Himself in His word is an anchor that will not let us drift too far on the sea of despair. Knowing the right things about God isn't a magic instantly take the hurt away easy button but it does make us grieve differently than someone who is not His. We grieve with hope because we know He is working all things for His glory and our good. Because He is good and does good.