"The Lord helps the fallen and lifts those bent beneath their loads.
The eyes of all look to You in hope; You give them their food as they need it.
When You open your hand, You satisfy the hunger and thirst of every living thing.
The Lord is righteous in everything He does; He is filled with kindness."
(Psalm 145:14-17 NLT)
If we close ourselves off from the pain, from the experiences that life sends our way, we will be closed off not only from the pain of life, but also from much of what is good about life, too. It's only with an accepting attitude --with our hands outstretched -- that we can not only receive things we sometimes don't want, but also receive all the blessings God wants to give us, too.
-- Copyright Eric Folkerth 2000. All Rights Reserved. Used with Permission