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Scarlet Begonias and The Grateful Alive

Wednesday Wondering ~ 19 March 2014

“The Grateful Living”

Recently, a friend quoted Jerry Garcia and it has stuck in my head. 

“Once in a while you get shown the light, in the strangest of places if you look at it right.” – Scarlet Begonias by Jerry Garcia and The Grateful Dead

Sometimes life can seem so full that we do not always take time to notice life outside our lives or to take time from our day to appreciate everyday beauty and wonder in life. At other times circumstances and situations in life are difficult or tragic or stressful or fear-inducing leaving us bewildered. And “Once in a while you get shown the light, in the strangest of places if you look at it right.”

I am not saying that all of these things are good, and I do not think that we should ignore the pain and sorrow of life.

The more I thought about it and talked about it, the more it reminded me of a quote by an early Christian leader named Paul and a recent song by a band called Gungor. The translation of Paul can be:

God makes all things work together for good…
Or
In all things God works for good…

And the song by Gungor called Beautiful Things says:
With all this pain
I wonder if I’ll ever find my way
I wonder if my life could really change at all
All this earth
Could all that is lost ever be found
Could a garden come up from this ground at all

You make beautiful things
You make beautiful things out of the dust
You make beautiful things
You make beautiful things out of us

(You can watch the full song by following this link.)

Remembering these promises and that the faithful God, who makes the promises, can help us to live as the “Grateful Alive.”

“Once in a while you get shown the light, in the strangest of places if you look at it right.”

I wonder how you might need to see the light today. I wonder how you might exemplify Grateful Living. I wonder how you might help people to live Gratefully Alive.

May God’s Peace Rest Upon You.

~ Pastor Dan

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