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Monday, February 19, 2007


"why would you ever complain, o jacob, or, whine, israel, saying, 'God has lost track of me. he doesn't care what happens to me'? don't you know anything? haven't you been listening? God doesn't come and go. God lasts. he's creator of all you can see or imagine. he doesn't get tired out, doesn't pause to catch his breath. and he knows everything, inside and out. he energizes those who get tired, gives fresh strength to dropouts. for even young people tire and drop out, young folk in their prime stumble and fall. but those who wait upon God get fresh strength. they spread their wings and soar like eagles, they run and don't get tired, they walk and don't lag behind. -isaiah 40:27

in the moments where the cost to follow seems
too much
too hard
too long.

a place where eyes grow tired of searching
hands grow weary from the work
voice is strained from the yelling
and the heart is breaking from the waiting.

feel yourself tethered
your mourning, your anxiety, your desperation
will not carry you away.
this is where even your groans are understood.


as you do the hard work of letting yourself go
erupting out onto the other side
stepping into the grace
into the rhythm
into the light.

allow the crying to cease
allow the yelling to subside
feel yourself enveloped in love and patience
by something much bigger than you
something that does not grow weary
and that will never leave you.
rest here...
here in this embrace.

"are you tired? worn out? burned out on religion? come to me. get away with me and you'll recover your life. i'll show you how to take a real rest. walk with me and work with me—watch how i do it. learn the unforced rhythms of grace. i won't lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. keep company with me and you'll learn to live freely and lightly." -matt 11:28


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