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We made it!
We've been working our way through the Psalms, chapter by chapter, and the Psalms have been working their way through us, day by day. We read them, and they renew us. We take them in, and they challenge us, comfort us, guide us. We have completed this leg of the journey, and we begin anew.
Life is filled with moments of celebration where we stop, take a deep breathe and give thanks for the accomplishment, however big or small it may be. Perhaps it's the completion of a years-long journey to complete a degree, or perhaps it's one day without a drink. Whatever the occasion is, we stop and give thanks, praising God for what he has helped us accomplish. And then, when the moment is done, we move forward into the uncertain future, praying for strength to undertake the next leg of the journey.
One of my favorite hymns is Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee. In it, there is a line: Ever singing, march we onward, victors in the midst of strife. I believe this captures our life--we go forward, singing the praise of God, confidant in his victory over sin and death, despite the strife and heaviness of the world around us.
May you celebrate today