Giving thanks always


GiveThanks
No matter what the source of the evil, if you are in God and surrounded by Him, as by an atmosphere, all evil has to pass through Him before it comes to you.  Therefore you can thank God for everything that comes, not for the sin of it, but for what God will bring out of it and through it.  May God make our lives thanksgiving and perpetual praise., then He will make everything a blessing.
C. H. P. says, ” We once saw a man draw some black dots.  We looked and could make nothing of them, but an irregular assemblage of black dots.  Then he drew a few lines, put in a few rests, then a clef at the beginning, and we saw these black dots were musical notes.  On sounding them, we were singing, ‘Praise God from whom all blessings flow / Praise Him all creatures here below.”
There are many black dots and black spots in our lives, and we cannot understand why they are there or why Go permitted them to come. But if we let God come into our lives, and adjust the dots in the right way, and draw the lines He wants, and separate this from that, and put in the rests at the proper places, out of the black dots and spots in our lives, He will make a glorious harmony.  Let us not hinder Him in this glorious work !
 “Would we know that the major chords were sweet
If there were no minor key ?
Would the painter’s work be fair to our eyes
Without shade on land or sea ?
Would we know the meaning of happiness
Would we feel that the day was bright
If we’d never known what it was to grieve
Nor gazed on the dark of night ?”
Many men owe the grandeur of their lives to their tremendous difficulties.  When the musician presses the black keys on the great organ, the music is as sweet as when he touches the white ones, but to get the capacity of the instrument, HE MUST TOUCH THEM ALL.
— Selected
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