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Thoughts From Margie… March 8, 2012

Filed under: Chapter 5 — 1thousandgifts @ 6:48 pm

“…eucharisteo is how Jesus, at the Last Supper, showed us to transfigure all things—take the pain that is given, give thanks for it, and transform it into a joy that fulfills all emptiness. I have glimpsed it: This, the hard eucharisteo. The hard discipline to lean into the ugly and whisper thanks to transfigure it into beauty. The hard discipline to give thanks for all things all all times because He is all good. The hard discipline to number the griefs as grace because as the surgeon would open my son’s finger to heal him, so God chooses to cut into my ungrateful heart to make me whole” p. 101.

Perhaps you have dealt with great pain–a loss of a dream, a coveted job, a loved one to accident or cancer. What have you learned about giving thanks for it all? Or, to be honest, are your struggling with giving thanks in all things?

Most recently, many of us prayed for a dear young woman (wife, mother and teacher) who fought the cancer battle. We begged God to heal her and looked forward to how she would glorify Him with the healing of her body; however, God chose to take her Home for the ultimate healing.

After struggling with her homegoing for some time, we have learned to thank Him for her life and testimony during her short time on this earth which has made an eternal impact. Do we still miss her? Yes. Do we understand? No. But we have learned that God is good even when we don’t understand. We are still learning to “lean into the ugly” and give thanks for all things at all times as we number the griefs as grace.


One Response to “Thoughts From Margie…”

  1. Allison Park Says:

    “Isn’t this the crux of the gospel? The good news that all those living in the land of the shadow of death have been birthed into new life, that the transfiguration of a suffering world has already begun. that suffering nourishes grace, and pain and joy are arteries of the same heart – and mourning and dancing are but movements in his unfinished symphony of beauty. Can I believe the gospel that God is patiently transfiguring all the notes of my life into the song of his new son? What in the world, in all this world, is grace? I can say it certain now “All is grace” I see through the woods of the world: God is always good and I am always loved”

    I love this paragraph. i feel as though it speaks my heart. chelsea, I have experienced all you mentioned in most ways. I so desperately longed for an accounting job, yet ended up as an office manager, which God has made such a blessing in my life. I kept my position as an office manager in the hopes of living my dream of being a 100% stay at home mom – which I have had to partially give up, since I am part-time mom and part-time in the office. Lastly I lost my almost 13yr. old cousin to a car accident and his mom, my aunt to cancer in the same year. I think the latter was the hardest thing for me in understanding God’s grace. The death’s of my family occured during my first year of marriage, which was hands down the hardest year of my life. I dealt with almost every kind of loss that year and felt as though i was at the bottom of a pit in many ways. I realized that my dreams were gone, so was some of my family, and marriage, though exciting, was not nearly as beautiful as I had imagined. Satan reared his ugly face and I wondered….”What in the world, in all this world, is grace?” I heard people talking about God’s grace that saved their famiy and friends from cancer or that terribly car wreck and I wondered, where was God’s grace when my cousin’s body was smashed agaist that tree, as he lay still in his father’s arms, as we received that call on our way to the hospital ‘he didn’t make it’ – where was god’s grace then? When my aunt was breathing her last as the cancer ate through her body, while her heart was aching even more than her body for the loss of her son. WHERE IN ALL THIS WORLD WAS GOD’S GRACE?? was it God’s grace that Tommy died, because he couldn’t bear to see his mother pass, was it God’s grace that his mother passed for the aching in her heart? Was it God’s grace that brought a lost soul to the Lord after seeing his young friend leave this world? YES!!!! ALL IS GRACE! and what could we do without his grace? It is by God’s grace that i stood firm during that time and sang “praise God from whom all blessings flow!” The very breath that i breathe is God’s grace and by his grace we are saved through faith. Our lives have but one purpose – that is to bring glory to God, and only by his grace can such ugly people be cleansed and made beautiful to glorify HIM. “God is always good and I am always loved” Thank you God for your love and grace in our lives.

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