Just for today, a bit of folk wisdom that I ran across recently:

“Everything will be okay in the end.  If it’s not okay, then it’s not the end.”

Very funny.  But there is some truth to it as well.  It’s not unlike the old “We’ll never get out of this world alive” but there is more applicability to our everyday experiences in “Everything will be okay in the end.” 

When the plumbing doesn’t work; when the job rating isn’t clear; when the children are rebelling; when the plane is canceled; when our ankle twists on the last step; when the burner in the oven goes out right before the meat goes in; when the rains won’t stop; when the car behind us meets up with our bumper; when we can’t sleep because of anxiety; when the phone call won’t come; when the communication isn’t clear; when we don’t understand; when the tire is flat; when there is nowhere to turn for help; when the future is uncertain; and we are afraid of what will be next . . . it will all be okay in the end.  After all, it really can’t get any worse, can it?

Well, it probably can. But in the meantime, what we probably need to remember most is that grace is surrounding us through it all – all the way to the end. We are not alone and nothing can keep us from the love of God in Christ Jesus.  Nothing!  So, it will be okay in the end.

That’s grace.

That’s faith.

And, that’s okay.

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