Words fail

Once again I find my words inadequate. Not only inadequate but also hard to come by. In other words, I can’t say what I want to say and what I do say doesn’t say enough. Twenty minutes I’ve been sitting here and so far: two sentences. Hello, writer’s block.

Let’s begin with the facts. Yesterday was Easter Sunday, the celebration of the resurrection of our Lord. We the family cleaned up pretty good:

Mimi, my husband’s mom, came for a visit and I think she enjoyed the time with her nearly grown grandsons:

Our church celebration began with a thought-provoking discussion in Sunday school led by my favorite Sunday school teacher. In our corporate worship we joyfully sang songs that spoke of our living Lord. We also heard testimonies of three prospective church members and praised the Lord as we witnessed four baptisms–in a horse trough!

After the church service we hosted Easter dinner for several of our friends who, like us, haven’t family close by. Good food, good conversation, good fellowship, a couple of egg hunts and several games of Baggo marked our afternoon.

Those are the facts of our day. What I struggle to tell you is how full my heart is and how grateful I am. I can’t describe to you the sadness mixed with wonder as we heard the faithful testimony of a young couple determined to trust in the goodness of the Lord despite losing their baby nor of the tears we shed as a grown man entered the baptismal trough after testifying of the power of Christ to save the most desperate of sinners. We all cried as well, I think, as a dad baptized his boy, proclaiming the joy of knowing him as a son but the even greater joy of knowing him as a brother in Christ. Spending the afternoon with friends and fellow believers was yet another sort of grace granted to us yesterday. Though I missed being with my parents and sister and brother and their families, very much so, surely among the Lord’s greatest blessings is the closeness of fellowship and community that exists between believers! All in all, it was the kind of day so full of the goodness of the Lord that the keyboard and blogger are rendered inadequate to describe it.

See, I told you: words fail. I’ve typed and re-typed that paragraph and, still, I can’t convey to you the glory of the Lord that shone ’round about us yesterday. It was a glorious, beautiful day full of boasting in the cross of our Lord and rejoicing in the blessings that are ours because of Christ. What joy is ours because of Jesus! He is Life, the indescribable Gift of God! May you also taste and see that the Lord is good and find in Him joy everlasting!

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Author: Lisa Spence

Wife, mother, Bible teacher, bibliophile, occasional blogger

8 thoughts on “Words fail”

  1. Your words didn't fail me. I have a lot of your same reactions and feelings. LOVE the photo of the cleaned up family :o) You are a very handsome bunch for sure. Blessings!

  2. God is good. All the time.All the time. God is good.I'm also frequently overwhelmed at the grace and mercy and protection and love God showers on me – in both times of ease and times of trial. Where would I be without Him?

  3. You all clean up beautifully! How is your mother's heart today? I saw your picture of the family on facebook (and those nearly grown kids) and just wanted to connect and see how you are doing with it all. So much to be thankful for, so many words that are failing me in this season, but I am grateful nonetheless. For grace, for family, for food, for the gift of a new day. Take good care of one another; you have a lovely family.peace~elaine

  4. Thank you for writing this. I was privileged to be a part of this absolutely wonderful day with you, and I agree that putting it all into words is a challenge. Your words were beautiful and genuine and captured the thoughts I too had about the day, but it is true that the Lord made such a glorious day that words are limited in trying to describe it.

  5. I love that you invited over other people without family in the area! That is SO important and makes those without family nearby feel so loved and cared for (I know about that!) Love the picture of your family as well!

  6. You all clean up beautifully! How is your mother's heart today? I saw your picture of the family on facebook (and those nearly grown kids) and just wanted to connect and see how you are doing with it all. So much to be thankful for, so many words that are failing me in this season, but I am grateful nonetheless. For grace, for family, for food, for the gift of a new day. Take good care of one another; you have a lovely family.peace~elaine

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