In which there are 1,000 thank you’s to God (#’s 575 – 586)

by Craig on October 3, 2011

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Thank You God

#575…that there won’t always be brokenness, there won’t always be heartache, neither sickness nor pain nor dying.

#576…that although right now when somebody gets hit by a car or gets sick…or dies…
so many say, “Why did God allow this?”…
and nobody ever asks, “Why did the Evil One cause this?”
I’m grateful that he won’t always gets away with creating so much havoc.

#577…that it’s ok to hate. one. thing.
It’s ok to loathe evil and the Evil One.
He is far beyond redemption…
undeserving of Grace…
and it’s ok to detest him…
almost with as much passion as I should love You.

#578…that if I do abhor the Evil One, I’ll listen to him and his horrid, miserable, vengeful minions less when they lead me from You, or steal, or destroy, of try to kill pieces of my soul while promising kittens and rainbows.

#579…that although I despise the Evil One, and the brokenness he has wrought on this universe and our lives, I’m thankful You have allowed it, because if You never allowed the brokenness…

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…if the Evil One never introduced sin into the perfection this world was…then we wouldn’t have the free choice to follow You in love and obedience.

#580…for every precious and precarious paradox…
that You have to work Your way through…
to make eternally perfect…
that which is fatally flawed…
And that You do this untold times in one lifetime…
and then countless more times for billions of lives.

#581…that one day everything will go right, every mistake will be corrected, every failure will truly be opportunity, and every tear will be wiped away – and for some – and for Sara, that time is now.

#582…that because You live, I live, and in you we all live and move and have our being.

#583…that the hunger in me for what this world has to offer…
the tangible, that pretty little flower always just inches away…
the tantalizing mirages the Evil One sets up…
that even if reached, are never enough…

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the longing for that which will never satisfy will one day be gone…
and for Sara…is now forever absent.

#584…that bad by itself is heavy and oppressive. Bad with some good to balance against is better. But bad, divided and conquered by Your love, is best.

#585…that everything bad for Sarah is gone, everything that was good is better, and that Sara must be smiling right now – and that just may be a never fading, eternal smile.

#586…that it’s never goodbye, for those who know Our Lord, but…just… adieu.

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Victoria October 3, 2011 at 11:23 am

I have a file where I save favorite devotionals. I think I’ll save this one. v

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Craig October 3, 2011 at 3:43 pm

Victoria, that’s a really, really, really nice thing to say. Thank you very much. God bless you!

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Kris October 3, 2011 at 12:54 pm

“This world has nothing for me, and this world has everything, all that I could want and nothing, that I need…” (Lyrics to This World, by Caedmon’s Call) That’s all I could think of when I read this list, Craig.
Thank God he has overcome the enemy, and though he prowls ’round with his gruesome jaws gaping, slobbering with the anticipation of finally breaking us, he will starve, because we belong to the one who shuts the mouths of the lions, who walks around in the fires with us, and covers us under his glorious wings….

“#582…that because You live, I live, and in you we all live and move and have our being.”
Yes. Only in Him. Blessings, brother…

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Craig October 3, 2011 at 3:46 pm

Kris, even your comments drip of poetry – make your posts. You just can’t help but – You’re. Just. That. Good. ツ thank you my friend, I heart reading you, seriously, even your comments! Blessings to you too, my sister…

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Kara October 3, 2011 at 1:54 pm

This:

#580…for every precious and precarious paradox…
that You have to work Your way through…
to make eternally perfect…
that which is fatally flawed…
And that You do this untold times in one lifetime…
and then countless more times for billions of lives.

is a sacred echo. What timely, timely words, my friend! This echos back to last night at our home group when we sit around and figure His stuff out… often scratching our heads more than figuring anything out, but He’s not bothered by our dullness… He “gets” that He’s the one that “makes eternally perfect that which is fatally flawed”…. now if we can just get it…..

It echos back to my sweet sister who sometimes gets down about not being more like Him, thinking enough time has passed and she should be gooder, but He does the work and who are we to call Him slow? Oh, and I…. I need the reminder more than anyone.

Thank you, dear brother.

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Craig October 3, 2011 at 3:49 pm

Kara, I heart when God times things so well. I mean, he always does – we just don’t always get to see it. I see it a lot in our bloggy world. We must be doing something right. And about your sister – I feel like I want to tell her what I have learned so well this year – that our life is a quest for perfection – but GRACE for the quest. We all – me chief among us – need this reminder. Thank you Kara, and God bless you my sister.

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Martha Orlando October 3, 2011 at 5:55 pm

#584 – His love defines all, conquers all, endures all, and loves all. His love is the best, always and everywhere, at all times and places. I am so thankful for His great love and for the words He places in your mind to wash onto these pages and refresh our hearts, our souls, our minds with the Living Water of His Word.

Many, many blessings, Craig!

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Craig October 4, 2011 at 1:51 pm

Martha, you’re absolutely too kind. Thank you.I’m really touched. And smiling. God bless you!

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Debbie October 3, 2011 at 7:33 pm

Thank you for talking about evil and balancing it with God. :) God bless you and your ever thankful heart!

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Craig October 4, 2011 at 1:56 pm

Debbie, my heart isn’t always thankful, that’s why I write these lists, I’m a thankful person in training ツ the more I thank – the closer to God I get – so I’m thankful for Ann, so much learning this year – so much growing – and you’ve been there to see so much of it. God bless you Debbie

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GLENNA October 4, 2011 at 11:37 am

Craig,
I love your thankfulness in times of being heart broken , But with my losses of loved ones in the last year its the #586 that I know one day ……..We will all be a family again ..
thanks for stopping by my post Sat.

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Craig October 4, 2011 at 2:00 pm

it took a while for that to mean something with Sara – actually, I think it meant something from the beginning – but not enough to keep the tears away. It is now ツ and I think of the ones I love who I will see again – and that makes me smile too – and thank you for writing Glenna, I’m just sorry I was so frozen during this last month. I’m glad to be reading again. God bless you Glenna.

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Nacole October 4, 2011 at 4:57 pm

hi Craig,

a beautiful list, but #584 was my favorite, because i needed to hear it today. His love divides and conquers. all i have to do is ask and step aside and allow Him to work. something to ponder today and anytime i feel weak. thank you. ive missed you– i was glad to see you again last Wednesday. hope you are feeling better!

Nacole

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Craig October 5, 2011 at 7:57 pm

hi Nacole! and sometimes – I think we have to step aside – and sometimes love dictates that we step right into the fray. I have prayed for you to know which one he is prompting you to do. I’m just now getting back to reading the blogs I heart. You know I heart yours. It’s writing like yours that teaches me to keep writing with heart. God bless you my friend.

PS and I’m sorry I’m late responding to your comment – computer problems. And also – did you get that comment thing fixed yet?

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