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March 21, 2007

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polly

Henri Nouwen writes of the spiritual life as being able to 'drink the cup,' which contains both joys and sorrows. (based off of the question Jesus asked his disciples, can you drink the cup?) it seems you are able to contemplate that cup and drink it, joy, sorrow and all. that's a blessing. lovely post.

I am so very sorry to hear of your friends' losses.

Jill

Beautiful post. Its a nice reminder for me to do the same, appreciate all that is in front of me and not cling so tight it suffers. And knowledge stashed in the skin tags...a hoot. XXOO

Elaine

Knowledge in skin tags, eh? I sure must know a lot! And I agree, life does keep on getting better, even with the losses it brings.

Boulder

After such a lovely post, what does it say about me that the first thing that came to my mind, was not the rest of the hymn, but instead:

And you can tell everybody this is your song
It may be quite simple but now that it's done
I hope you don't mind
I hope you don't mind that I put down in words
How wonderful life is while you're in the world

I must say, though, that life is wonderful when your in MY world.

xoxo

joeinvegas

Not enough people appreciate what they have. Thanks

Maggs

"it was me. i smile because that is what i naturally do these days. that is the expression on my face. sometimes it surprises me, because 20 years ago smiling wasn't a natural facial feature. it is now."

tess, you and MC make me smile with your kind words. you two have made such a difference in MY life. i don't know how the last 2 years would have been if two good christian folks in HK that i've never met took the time to talk to me.

Tertia

i love you, my darling friend

knobody

and this is one of the many reasons that, when i grow up, i want to be just like tess.

Sonia

Dear Tess,

Thank you so much for reminding me about the hymn Blessed Assurance. Next Wed would be a year since Rachel left us to join Jesus in heaven. Lately, I have often started my "what if" mind games again.

You prompted me to go look for the lyrics for the entire hymn:

vs.1
Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine!
O what a foretaste of glory divine!
Heir of salvation, purchase of God,
Born of His Spirit, washed in His blood.

Refrain:
This is my story, this is my song,
praising my Savior all the day long;
this is my story, this is my song,
praising my Savior all the day long.

vs.2
Perfect submission, perfect delight!
Visions of rapture now burst on my sight;
Angels descending bring from above
Echoes of mercy, whispers of love.

(Refrain)

vs.3
Perfect submission, all is at rest!
I in my Savior am happy and blest,
Watching and waiting, looking above,
Filled with his goodness, lost in His love.
(Refrain)

Thank you for reminding me to rejoice in MY story, in MY song. The story Jesus wrote for me, for Jong, for Isaac and for Rachel. To remind me that I wouldn't have it any other way...

*Happy tears*

Sonia

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