"Here is the world. Beautiful and terrible things will happen. Don't be afraid."
Not much can be said to add to Buechner here. The world is beautiful. The world is broken.
We are a people that can be thankful that the Lord is making all things new. Yet in the tension of this already/not yet we wonder "when?" When will things feel whole? When will the suffering cease? When will our joy be made complete?
In this age of incompletion, in this dance of the joyful broken, we watch, we wait, we hurt, and we heal.
Thank the Most High that we have an empathetic and interceding Great High Priest:
"For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin" (Hebrews 4.15).
Give us joy, Oh Lord. Give us wonder. Let us never cease to be enamored with your creation.
"Let me hear joy and gladness; let the bones that you have broken rejoice" (Psalm 51.8).
*A big thanks to Mike Foster over at People of the Second Chance. His Freeway Guide first directed me to this fantastic Buechner quote.