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Sunday, January 10, 2016

Epic

I am a voracious reader.  And every now and then, I will find an author that really, really resonates with me, someone that I will read and say, "Yes! You really get me!"  I know I've talked about this before on this blog (although it's been a while), but one of these authors for me is the Christian author Shauna Niequist.  I just love her books.  My dad, who also really gets me, bought me her book of devotions (Savor: Living Abundantly Where You Are, As You Are) for Christmas.

Although my posts have been sporadic over the last year and a half, anyone reading this blog knows that it has been a very rough season of transition in my life.  I am still processing through all that our family has been through and how that has changed us.  Not surprisingly, Shauna gets that.  Yesterday I read a really beautiful devotion that spoke to my heart, and I know will hit home with many others as well.  I had actually read it before; it's an excerpt from one of her other books, and I had highlighted it there.  I'd like to share it with all of you.

"Blessings & Curses"
by Shauna Niequist

When you realize that the story of your life could be told a thousand different ways, that you could tell it as a tragedy, but you choose to call it an epic, that's when you start to learn what celebration is.  When what you see in front of you is so far outside of what you dreamed, but you have the belief, the boldness, the courage to call it beautiful instead of calling it wrong, that's celebration.  When you can invest yourself deeply and unremittingly in the life that surrounds you instead of declaring yourself out of the game, once and for all, because what's happened to you is too bad, too deep, too ugly for anyone except you to move on from, that's a good, rich place.  That's where the things that looked like curses start to stand up and shimmer and dance, and you realize that they may have been blessings all along.  Or maybe not.  Maybe they were curses, but the force of your belief and hope and desperate love for life has brought a blessing from a curse, like water from a stone, like life from a tomb, like the story of God over and over.