Then we celebrated several people's lives by having them stand up as we sang 'Happy Birthday'. We also welcomed new team members, clapping, cheering and voicing our appreciation for them. Lastly we rejoiced together for the provision of housing for several men who were in need of it.
I was struck with how empty it would be to deal with the abject tragedies in life, and how hollow it would be to celebrate the wonderful and beautiful things in life, if not dealt with and celebrated before a loving God. To cry and mourn and grieve before an indifferent universe or to sing songs of joy and exultation unto the ears of nothingness would, to me, be the height of futility and I would have no desire to continue with it a second longer.
So today as you celebrate, or as you mourn, do so with the understanding that you do it before a God who loves you and cares for you. Whether or not you believe it.
"Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has gone through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weakness, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are - yet was without sin. Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need."
I have seen you in the sanctuary and beheld your power and your glory.
Because your love is better than life, my lips will glorify you.
I will praise you as long as I live, and in your name I will lift up my hands.
My soul will be satisfied as with the richest of foods; with singing lips my mouth will praise you.