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"all that's gold does not glitter"

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Nov. 30th, 2006 | 08:18 pm

Today, as I sat listening to a little girl tell me about the "baby alive" doll she is getting for Christmas, I felt how privileged I am to be the one hearing so much of these little ones' random thoughts and wishes. Here was this child, 8 or 9 years old, spending her recess with me, chatting with me as if we were sipping lattes at some frou frou coffee shop! What confidence, what freedom! Oh, how special it all made me feel, as if God were showing me the strange treasures He inbeds in all the "mundane" living. I am a fool to be bogged down with the weight of living. I am meant to hold it all lightly, and be thankful for each track left behind, each note coaxed from this crude little instrument. Hasn't Christ already borne the weight of my existence that I might be with Him where He is? And yet, here I am. I read 1Corinthians 8 this morning, and was a bit baffled at the thought of all of creation being subjected to vanity. If this is so, thought I, how can I take any pleasure in this life I must live in the flesh? Only now does it occur to me that every experience, like the one I mention here, has a vein of gold that I can either redeem or overlook. How rich He has meant me to become! And all this time I have been mucking around, trying to keep my hands out of the very dirt where that gold, that pearl of great price, has resided from the start.
"As thou hast sent me into the world, even so have I also sent them into the world. And for their sakes I sanctify myself, that they also might be sanctified through the truth. Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word; That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me. And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one: I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me." John 17:18-23

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