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Monday, August 27, 2018

Dance: Grace in the Wilderness: Prayers and Poetry


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Jeremiah 31:13, “Then the virgin shall rejoice in the dance, And the young men and the old, together, For I will turn their mourning into joy, And will comfort them, and give them joy for their sorrow.”

Shall rejoice.

There are so many seasons when we wonder if the pain, the loss, and the tears will ever end. Sometimes the grief and loss wrap us up in its shroud so tightly that even when new seeds of hope begin to sprout we are unable step forward. Or recognize a new path.

Shall dance?

Not even on our radar. Our perspective has become so darkened that all our strength is sapped and there is no energy left to perceive the comfort that will renew our steps.

Mourning into joy.

In His strength and perspective the Lord will gently guide us through all the sorrow to a place of joy and expectancy once again. Not in our ability to move forward but in His. Only He can enable us to discern where we have substituted false purposes in order to survive loss instead of leaning into His redemptive healing and love.

Will comfort them.

Lord, please help us to recognize, accept, let go of sorrow, and agree to die to all that has ended when it is time for new beginnings. And then step forward in faith and dance, when it is time to leave the mourning season behind.

Your thoughts,

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