"I decided to heal him, lead him, and comfort him, creating a new language of praise for the mourners. Peace to the far-off, peace to the near at hand," says God- "and yes, I will heal them."
If you get rid of unfair practices, quit blaming victims, quit gossiping about other peoples sins, if you are generous with the hungry and start giving yourself to the down and out, your lives will begin to glow in the darkness, your shadowed lives will be bathed in sunlight. I will always show you where to go. I'll give you a full life in the emptiest of places- firm muscles, strong bones. You'll be like a well-watered garden, a gurgling spring that never runs dry. You'll use the old rubble of past lives to build anew, rebuild the foundations from out of your past. You'll be known as those who can fix anything, restore old ruins, rebuild and renovate, make the community livable again.
I Corinthians 13:13
Trust steadily in God, hope unswervingly, love extravagantly. And the best of the three is love.
Song of Solomon 2:4
He has brought me to His banquet hall, and His banner over me is love.
I'll make a list of God's gracious dealings, all the things God has done that need praising, all the generous bounties of God...compassion lavished, love extravagant.
Since before time began no one has ever imagined, no ear heard, no eye seen a God like You who works for those who wait for Him. You meet those who happily do what is right,who keep a good memory of the way You work. (lavishly and extravagantly...)
from The Message
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Posted by April at 7:25 AM