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V is for Voskamp.

Think good thoughts. If you fill your life with positives, you’ll get positives. Be happy!

Raise your hand if you know this doesn’t always work. (*raises hand*)

I’m not advocating a pessimistic outlook, but isn’t it true that, sometimes despite our best efforts, life just plain sucks?

I don’t know about you, but I often need a little (or a lot) more than “be thankful”.

Ann Voskamp’s book One Thousand Gifts takes a personal, lyrical look at thankfulness. And she’s not starting in a void. The first chapter acquaints readers with deep, heart-closing loss.

In the past I wondered if this book was an exercise in gratitude. After the first chapter, tears streaming down my face, I realize it’s more.

Life is full of hardships and sufferings.

I wonder too…if …that which tears open our souls, these holes that splatter our sight, may actually become the thin, open places to see through the mess of this place to the heart-aching beauty beyond. To the God whom we endlessly crave.

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Suffering alone is meaningless. But an all-wise, all-powerful God never meant us to run through life without him, trying to make up our own worth and meaning. It just doesn’t work that way.



4 thoughts on “V is for Voskamp.

  1. I love your line, “an all-wise, all-powerful God never meant us to run through life without Him.” What a great way to view suffering! This reminds me of the song by Laura Story called “Blessings,” which says, “What if You’re blessings come through raindrops, what if You’re healing comes through tears?” If you haven’t heard it, you should check it out!

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