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"Love God and He will enable you to love others even when they disappoint you."
-Francine RiversAnd the Shofar Blew (via feellng)

We realized that seriousness is not a fruit of the spirit, but joy is.

You see, there is an irrepressible laughter in the heart of God. The whole universe cannot contain it. He is the one who invented celebrations and feasting and holidays. He is the one who sings and dances over us.

When He suffered the cross, He did it for the joy set before Him. And that joy was knowing that you and I would be fully free. No longer captive to our sin.

Yes, the whole human story is described in terms of a celebration. The marriage of Christ to His bride, the Church. Our God is the ultimate artist of celebration, the inventor of the party, and the healer of the broken.

- Gareth Gilkeson, Rend Collective [x] (via sixteen-fourteen)