Preserve me, O God, for in you I take refuge.

I say to the Lord, “You are my Lord; I have no good apart from you.”

Psalm 16:1-2

The joy of Christian hope allows us to not only receive

but also rejoice in gifts we did not deserve;

Strength we did not acquire.

Resources we did not store up.

Freedom we did not fight for.

A kind of completion that is only possible when the human heart

Sees itself for what it really is,

Comes to terms with the futility of self-help,

Gives up the self-defeating mechanizations of spending a lifetime trying to compensate for the losses of this life,

And finally embraces the Piece that was missing all along.


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