Wednesday, March 21, 2007

This Dancing Virgin

"The Lord has appeared of old to me,
'Yes, I have loved you with an everlasting
Therefore with lovingkindness I have
drawn you.
Again I will build you, and you shall be
O virgin of Israel!
You shall again be adorned with your
And shall go forth in the dances of those
who rejoice."
--Jeremiah 31: 3,4

Wow. That is justification. Guilt is merely a theory until you know it by experience. Grace too is merely a vague concept never truly understood until seized upon. Here I go again, shouting out the same old story: fairy tale forgiveness, irrepressible joy, remarkable restoration. I can't help it! God keeps doing incredible things, and as long as He continues, I shall have to sing His praises.

Shakespeare may have said that "silence is the perfectest herald of joy," but for once I can't agree with him quite wholeheartedly. God's grace is too glorious for silence. It just makes me want to scream with delight!