I’ve been home in Sydney from Seattle for 12 days, and I find myself in the hinterlands of longing for everywhere I’m not. Why is it that there can be so much beauty yet we miss it because we’re distracted by what was or what will be? I want to continue saying with Jim Elliot, ‘wherever you are, be all there.’

“Time is a relentless river. It rages on, a respecter of no one. And this, this is the only way to slow time: When I fully enter time’s swift current, enter into the current moment with the weight of all my attention. I slow the torrent with the weight of me all here. I can slow the torrent by being all here. I only live the full life when I live fully in the moment. And when I’m always looking for the next glimpse of glory, I slow and enter. And time slows. Weigh down this moment in time with attention full, and the whole of time’s river slows, slows, slows.” Ann Voskamp, One Thousand Gifts

the fact that the tomb is empty and Christ is risen means Jesus is Lord of this city. and that is good news indeed.

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