white is good–for a background!

Well… the purple crocuses do show up nicely, with a background of snow! It’s pouring down right now, sometimes sleet, sometimes large flakes! However, we KNOW that sunny, warmer weather IS coming! Just like we know we’ll be allowed some extra treats on Easter weekend; that solemn services this week will end in a joyous celebration–that Jesus rose from the dead after His suffering & death. But think of how it might feel NOT to know, like the disciples. Like people suffering today. Like those who just don’t know that they’re satisfying their thirst with "dry sand" (as Dave reminded us a couple of weeks ago).

And, we do know that someday the bathroom will be finished and ready for use again. The Mom is not minding taking baths at all, but The Dad doesn’t really like it. He’ll probably take advantage of taking Sam back to Rez, and have a shower tonight!

There’s a chorus that is "old" in the sense that it "came out" several years ago, but it seems like it will never be old because of how people like to keep singing it again. It’s the kind of song that can bring tears to your eyes, especially if you’ve ever had any kind of sorrow. You know it:

"Blessed be Your name, in the land that is plentiful,
Where the streams of abundance flow–
Blessed be Your name.
Blessed be Your name, when I’m found in the desert place,
Though I walk through the wilderness–
Blessed be Your name.
Every blessing You pour out I’ll turn back to praise!
When the darkness closes in Lord–still I will say:
Blessed be the name of the Lord!"

I think we’ve said this before, but one can easily wonder: would I really be able to say that? "On the road marked with suffering, when there’s pain in the offering–blessed be Your name"! You could only do it if you KNOW that God IS–He is there to help you do it; He is powerful and able to do even that!

"You give and take away,
You give and take away!
My heart will choose to say:
Lord, blessed be Your name!"

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