Thursday, April 15, 2010

Joyful God

"Jesus came as the Joy-bringer.  The joy we see in the happiest child is but a fraction of the joy that resides in the heart of God.  Chesterton speaks of this in a memorable passage:

'Because children have abounding vitality, because they are in spirit fierce and free, therefore they want things repeated and unchanged.  They always say, "Do it again"; and the grown-up person does it again until he is nearly dead.  For grown-up people are not strong enough to exult in monotony.  But perhaps God is strong enough to exult in monotony.  It is possible that God says every morning, "Do it again" to the sun; and every evening, "Do it again" to the moon.  It may not be automatic necessity that makes all daisies alike; it may be that God makes every daisy seperately, but has never got tired of making them.  It may be that He has the eternal appetite of infancy; for we have sinned and grown old, and out Father is younger than we."
--John Ortberg, "The life You've Always Wanted"

The next time a child is taking delight in you, and says "do it again" - take a moment, and share in their joy!

What is something this week, you wish you could "do again"?  Why not do it?

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