Day 22 | This Lent is for Goodness
whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—
if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.
Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—
put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you."
- Philippians 4:8-9
"Can God be counted on? Count blessings and find out how many of His bridges have already held.” - Ann Voskamp
I'm reminded today, simply, of the vast, eternal goodness of God. (Mostly because I cannot get this dang song out of my head, you're welcome.) I'm also especially aware of the value of the practice of naming and being grateful for that goodness and beauty around us. It's often easier or more natural to complain about the bad with each other, to focus on it mentally ourselves, and even to frame our prayers in a more negative tense than positive. Yesterday, walking in the woods with my family, I found myself simply leaning into gratitude for the deep, varied greens of ferns and lichen around me, our dogs lazily wandering alongside us, the laughter of my daughter. Then as we sat down to our family church service in our living room together, we prayed to God, asking him to help us in our struggles, yes, but more than that we also remembered together (out loud) the many, many ways he's been so faithful in the past, his eternal characteristics that continually show up as provision and comfort and deliverance in our lives, and we chose gratitude for his goodness.
Really hope this song gets in your head as it has been in mine... It's a good one to get stuck on repeat. Simple, powerful reminder.
Freedom, grace & peace,
Love to have you email email@example.com to share with us any praise, encouragement, or prayer requests you may have during this season, and we'll be taking time to pray and respond.
Listen to our worship song of the day, Goodness of God, below or find it here on Spotify on our 2020 Lenten Worship Playlist, growing daily one song at a time.
Thanks my friend! This is a good word this morning...
Absolutely, Kar.... Glad it's timely. Miss you.
There's a goodness.
A goodness I cannot fathom.
A goodness I cannot comprehend.
A goodness I cannot forget.
It has touched me.
It has held me.
It has lifted me.
It has saved me.
It is true.
It is noble.
It is pure.
It is right.
It is needed.
It is desired.
It is reached for.
It is waited for.
I pray for it.
I receive it.
I am thankful for it.
I lean into it.
In the wake of crisis...
In the midst of fear...
Rumbling beneath the terror...
Thundering above the shouts...