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Not a Fairytale

Numbers 4:1-5:31

Mark 12:18-37

Psalm 48:1-14

Proverbs 10:26

If there are two things I don't know how to do, it's to love my neighbor and it's to love God with my whole heart, my whole mind, my whole strength, and my whole soul. And Lord, I try. Lord, I pray I can grow to love You and love my neighbor more and more truly.

It feels out of reach though, particularly lately as I am feeling very weary. I think I've been expecting too much from myself...I think I'm being too critical of myself...I don't know what it is.

But I don't have to worry because Psalm 18:14

"this God is our God for ever and ever

He will be our guide even to the end"

I watched Enchanted the other day. It's all about reality vs fairytale. When I read "this is our God for ever and ever" I can hear the too-happy-all-the-time character Giselle adding the "and ever" to make "forever" sound more dramatic. She's silly, over-the-top, she acts like "someone who escaped from a Hallmark card."

But that little dose of extra "and ever" is what I needed today. Because life isn't a fairytale, but it's also not a sad, concrete, mean city. My real life is Jesus and my real life is "this God is MY God for ever and ever." "He will by MY guide even to the end."