"It wasn't a potential atonement actuated by the sinner, it was an actual atonement initiated by the savior."

John MacArthur

Male hawfinch sitting on twig with thorns on a sunny winter day

We glorify God by walking cheerfully

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It brings glory to God, when the world sees a Christian has that within him that can make him cheerful in the worst of times – that can enable him, with the Thorn bird, to sing with a thorn at his breast.

“Long Ago, there was a bird who sang just once in its life.

From the moment it left its nest, it searched for a thorn tree. and it never rested until it found one.

Then it began to sing more sweetly than any other creature on the face of the earth.

And singing, it impaled its breast on the longest, sharpest thorn.

But as it was dying, it rose above its own agony to out-sing the lark and the nightingale.

The thorn bird pays its life for that one song and the whole world stills to listen and God, in His heaven ~smiles.

As its best was bought only at the cost of great pain.

Driven to the thorn, with no knowledge of the dying to come.

But when we press the thorn to our breast,

We know…….. We understand….. And still……we do it.”

The Thorn Birds – Colleen McCullough