Even When You Don't Feel Like It

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"Listen to your life. 

See it for the fathomless mystery it is.

In the boredom and pain of it, no less than in the excitement and gladness: 

touch, taste, smell your way to the holy and hidden heart of it, 

because in the last analysis all moments are key moments,

and life itself is grace."

— Frederick Buechner (Now and Then: A Memoir of Vocation) 


Loving God means rejoicing in him. 

It means trusting him when you can think of a hundred reasons not to trust anything. 

It means praying to him even when you don’t feel like it. 

It means watching for him in the beauty and sadness and gladness and mystery of your own life and of life around you. 

Loving each other doesn’t mean loving each other in some sentimental, unrealistic, greeting-card kind of way but the way families love each other even though they may fight tooth and nail and get fed to the teeth with each other and drive each other crazy yet all the time know deep down in their hearts that they belong to each other and need each other and can’t imagine what life would be without each other–even the ones they often wish had never been born.

Frederick Buechner
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