Fight back the dark with doxology

By Dave Henning / December 5, 2016

“Fight back the dark with doxology. . . . doxology can detox the day.”- Ann Voskamp

In Chapter 10 (“How to Passionately Love When Your Heart’s Breaking”) of The Broken Way, Ann Voskamp observes there’s nothing quite as terrifying as being forgotten.  Therefore, Ann states, in such situations, try to “curl comfort around the angst” of your drama.

The solution?  Less formula, more faith.  Consequently, the author adds, “when God’s enough, there’s grace enough.”  In other words, God supplies enough grace to meet the needs of humanity.

However, that begs this question: “Can I believe today’s God is enough God when the suffering and the grief comes?”  Ann urges you to start with one thing you’re thankful for.  As a result of thanks, eucharisteo comes like relief.  Doxology detoxes the day.

Yet, even though you don’t know the ending of today’s story, Ms. Voskamp encourages you to remember that “faith thanks God in the middle of the story.”  Furthermore, when you know you’re overreacting and triggered, slow things down and ease up.  Ann cautions:

“Love means holding your tongue when your heart is hard.  Or when it’s breaking.”

In conclusion, Ann notes that love always involves suffering.  The severe grace of love makes us real.  Hence, Ann emphasizes, picking up one’s cross feels most like patience.  In fact, patience and passion come from the exact same root word- patior, to suffer.  As Ann summarizes:

“Passion embraces suffering because there’s no other way to embrace love.”

Today’s question: What Scriptures enable you to fight back the dark with doxology?  Please share.

Tomorrow’s blog: “Pick up your cross”

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