Why You Really can Celebrate in the Midst of Messy

She asks me how it’s going.

And I have to smile.

And I tell her that there are pots on the stove and crumbs on the counters and yes, wherever we are, there’s always so much good and there are always hard things.

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There’s the lists. And the laundry, the books and the homework and the learning.

And these kids we’re raising, they keep falling, a lot like their mother.  Parenting’s this way of bending over in humility to help the scraped child up because we know it takes a lifetime to learn how to walk with Him.

And then there’s this fear beast that I thought I’d already wrestled down, skinned, hung and mounted — and it’s the thing that breathes again ugly and too close.

It’s strange how knots in the pit of the stomach can try to undo everything.

For the life of me?

I can’t get it all right.

Heaven and earth both know I am a miserable mess away from perfect. This is exactly why the bruised knees just have to bend at the table of communion, and say, yes, please.

I need Jesus.

I need His life.

I need the perfect, sinless sacrifice of Jesus Christ who can take all the broken messes and make them into mosaics of Grace.

And what I really need? Is to come to the table of communion so I can celebrate this messy life! Because this is how the dictionary defines a celebrant:  The person who stands at the table of Communion is a celebrant.  

The person who lives in communion with Christ is a celebrant. A celebrant is the one keeping company with Jesus.

A celebrant is one who celebrates the extravagant grace of Christ.

A celebrant is the one keeping her eyes on Jesus and His perfect sacrifice — precisely because she isn’t perfect.

The sinners and the sick, the broken, the discouraged, the wounded and burdened — we are the ones who get to celebrate grace!

The timer’s beeps. I pull the roast out of the oven. There are dishes in the sink. And it’s crazy — the relief of just smiling.

Christ invites us to celebrate the full life as the celebrants — not because we’ve got it all together, but because He’s finished it all at the Cross!

The Art of Celebrating Life isn’t about getting it right — but about receiving Grace.

Regardless of the mess of your life, if Christ is Lord of your life — then you are the celebrant out dancing in a pouring rain of grace!

Because when it’s all done and finished, all is well, and Christ already said it was finished.

I light a candle for the table.

This could be the full living: make every moment communion with Him, be the celebrant and let a celebration of Grace inhabit the days; let God open the hands, lift the arms and make me a praise, a rising incense, a certain song.

Aren’t all the worshippers celebrants? When should we stop worshipping? Or stop celebrating grace?

Grace is sufficient, grace is amazing, and grace is for everyone imperfect.

I wipe off the messy counters.

Cup my hand at counter’s edge for whatever comes —

and then turn towards the table already set and call everyone to come.




::celebrating in the midst of my messy… the endless one thousand gifts …

#3388…   a flock of sparrows swooping over willow trees

#3889…  a boy who still likes to come for a cuddle and a joke or two

#3890….  Hope looking in my closet for clothes

#3990…. boys up talking to their dad late, telling him all about everything

#3991…. polished shoes

#3992…. the comfort of a mind that murmurs memorized words from Sermon on the Mount to my fearful heart

#3993….  egg salad sandwiches

#3994… my mama sleeping over, giggling with the girls

#3995 … an! empty! laundry! basket!

#3995… How He keeps calling to a life of joy…  #13 on the NYTimes

#3996… wiping off a muddy finger print from the mudroom light switch and so grinning: I get to be here and do this! 


Celebrate all the good things that God, your God, has given you and your family

Bring gifts and celebrate, Bow before the beauty of God, Then to your knees—everyone worship!”

{Psalm 96:8-9   Deuteronomy 26:10-11 }

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Print April’s Joy Dare and begin this holy week — this month — right!

Count three gifts a day, 1000 gifts in 2012 (and be entered to win the NikonD90 camera?) Thank-you is a word that can change you, your world — the whole world!

And a happy new surprise for April:

Each day of April, 3 people who share their 1000 gifts Joy Dare for the day, one on Twitter {label with #1000gifts #JoyDare so we can find you!}, one sharing their gifts in the gratitude community at Facebook , and one on Pinterest (#1000gifts), will be randomly selected & entered into a drawing for a gift card @ Amazon {100$} & joy-in-a-box {signed copies of One Thousand Giftsthe photographic gift book, the DayBrightner, and the family gratitude journal} Give thanks to Him in the assembly!

Join us? And happily change everything by keeping your own crazy list of One Thousand Gifts?

Please, jump in, make your life about giving thanks to God! — Just add the direct URL to your specific 1000 gift list post… and if you join us, we humbly ask that you please help us find each other in our refrain of thanks by sharing the community’s graphic within your post.

Give thanks to the Lord! His Love Endures Forever!