a blessing for a beautiful terrible day - Kate Bowler

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a blessing for a beautiful terrible day

a blessing for a beautiful terrible day

a blessing for a beautiful, terrible day

blessed are we who see the suffering, the damage done to body and spirit, the need that dares not hope. we who know what it feels like to languish. who live in the place where pain and joy meet.

God, today both the beautiful and the terrible are so intensely present. help me live here, seeing the whole truth of what is.

blessed are we who walk toward the suffering, bringing what gifts we have, and our sufferings too, whether of illness or loss, grief or betrayal, confusion or powerlessness.

blessed are we who come to You so close that we can whisper our loves, our fears, our unspeakable secrets, all that feels too heavy to carry alone, and all that we wish we could hold onto for longer.

it is the beautiful that tells me what I love, and the terrible that tells me what I never want to lose.

Lord Jesus, may I learn to flourish here, even here! alongside the full reality of this beautiful, terrible day. Amen.

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Virginia Broich
Virginia Broich
3 months ago

Your prayer is right on as we wait for news of bodies found n the Surfside condo collapse.

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Katie | Team Everything Happens
3 months ago

Virginia – yes, such a heartbreaking tragedy.

Laura G Buckner
Laura G Buckner
3 months ago

Thank you, Kate Bowler….for saying so beautifully what I have long believed but dared not say in too many Christian circles in the past. And now boldly say with your confidence and assurance it is right.

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Katie | Team Everything Happens
3 months ago

Grateful to know that this blessing resonated with you, Laura.

Alvaro
Alvaro
3 months ago

To live in a place where pain and joy meet. How many artists have tried painting exactly that? We, the sufferers of chance and bad luck get to experience a unique privilege. The absurdly breathtaking beauty of life from a lens of pure clarity. My name is Al, unreligiously reborn.

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Katie | Team Everything Happens
3 months ago
Reply to  Alvaro

Pain and absurd beauty – it is definitely an art form to depict! Thanks for introducing yourself, Al. We’re glad you are part of the Everything Happens community.

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