Mourning to Dancing 

“The price of hating other human beings is loving oneself less.”–Eldridge Cleaver

Today’s word of the day, from Dictionary.com, is parapraxis, “a slip of the tongue or pen, forgetfulness, misplacement of objects, or other error thought to reveal unconscious wishes or attitudes.”

Today is Curling Is Cool Day. I have always rather liked this strange winter sport. 

I won’t have some of my usual formatting today. We woke up to no Internet service this morning, so I’m typing this on the WordPress app on my phone. So I will skip my recap of yesterday and get on to my devotional.

11 You have turned for me my mourning into dancing; you have loosed my sackcloth and clothed me with gladness, 

12 that my glory may sing your praise and not be silent. O LORD my God, I will give thanks to you forever! – Psalm 30:11-12

In Praying with the Psalms, Peterson writes of changes that occur when we “open ourselves to God.” Mourning becomes dancing; weeping becomes joy; sackcloth becomes garments of gladness. “The silent soul suddenly becomes loquacious with praise.”

“‘O for a heart to praise My God! a heart from sin set free; a heart that always feels Thy blood, so freely shed for me . . . Thy nature, gracious Lord, impart; come quickly from above; write Thy new name upon my heart, Thy new, best name of love’ (Charles Wesley, ‘O for a Heart to Praise My God’). Amen.”

Father, may you always transform the negative traits of my heart into positive, that I might be overwhelmed with praise for you and your great name. 

Come, Lord Jesus!

Grace and peace, friends.

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