I actually have things that I want to blog about other than new babies and sleepless nights. Things like fun spring clothes that are not maternity clothes, and along with that the fact that I am so wanting to lose these last "baby pounds." But...I need to gather my thoughts on those things.
Until then, I wanted to post this quote from First Importance that I thought was so good as I contemplate the cross a little more than usual during Holy Week.
Aren't we thankful for what was accomplished on the Cross? Oh man. How hopeless I would be without it.
“Every good thing we could think or desire is to be found in this same Jesus Christ alone. For he was sold, to buy us back; captive, to deliver us; condemned, to absolve us. He was made a curse for our blessing, sin offering for our righteousness; marred that we may be made fair.
He died for our life; so that by him fury is made gentle, wrath appeased, darkness turned into light, fear reassured, despisal despised, debt canceled, labor lightened, sadness made merry, misfortune made fortunate, difficulty easy, disorder ordered, division united, ignominy ennobled, rebellion subjected, intimidation intimidated, ambush uncovered, assaults assailed, force forced back, combat combated, war warred against, vengeance avenged, torment tormented, damnation damned, the abyss sunk into the abyss, hell transfixed, death dead, mortality made immortal.
In short, mercy has swallowed up all misery, and goodness all misfortune.”
—John Calvin, preface for Pierre Robert Olivétan’s 1534 French translation of the New Testament