Therefore, since we are justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have obtained access to this grace in which we stand; and we boast in our hope of sharing the glory of God. And not only that, but we also boast in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us.
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I hear that the rains in the West have created a new gold rush of folks panning for undiscovered gold. I know that you don't have to go west to find gold. The glorious treasure of which Paul speaks in these verses from Romans is in our midst. I am convinced there are walking among us undiscovered veins of gold. They shine in the eyes of those whose lives have spanned decades, endured deep heartache and even this day suffer and endure physical pain with a grace that confounds. This vein of gold can be felt in the thin wrinkled skin that barely covers the stony joints of arthritic fingers. The vein of gold can be heard in the whispery scratch of a voice that speaks with tender courage saying, "I can't complain. God has been good to me. Enough about me! What about you?"
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For all the champions who even this day shine and enrich our lives with their faithful witness, we give you thanks. Amen.
Deb Grant, resilient child of God, creative tinker of paper, ink, wood, shiny things, paint and words. The human amusement of a parrot and a dog.
Writer, poet, artist, human, citizen, learner, scruffy, goof.
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