I am reading through Easter week in the Bible and with Ann Voskamp, relearning with my heart and mind why Christ came: to save us from our sins and from all the misery that sin has brought into the world.
And I want to give thanks for this, and to teach my children to do so, in words of prayer and in actions of gratitude.
So, in the midst of this broken world, full of tearful mysteries, we fill our minds with God’s Word. That’s where the answers are, the answers to our questions about living, choices, decisions, and disasters. That’s also where the questions are, for the Psalms give words to our struggles, those we’ve lived with and even those that we have not yet faced. And they teach us to give thanks.
So, there it is. The Bible, God’s Word, is a primer on living, on gratitude, and on living gratefully.
But sometimes, when we are overwhelmed and foggy-minded because of inner struggles—just sometimes—we need a summary, something simple enough to remember in the midst of Satan’s onslaughts.
Something Biblical and straightforward, like this quote on our bulletin board:
1.When in doubt, don’t.
2.Be where you are supposed to be,
when you are supposed to be there,
doing what you are supposed to be doing.
(from Courageous Living)
Or something all-encompassing, like the Heidelberg Catechism, which pours God’s comfort and healing and truth into our lives.
Yes, occasionally we need something else, not to replace the Bible, but to show us how to hold onto it.
Because God is good. No matter what happens. This is what Good Friday and Easter tell us: God is good, incredibly good, to us.