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Nov 22, 2018 By Rebecca Testrake

Life is beautiful. It is also very hard. The human experience seems to be comprised of the paradox that we live in a beautiful struggle. If you are anything like me, it can be dangerously easy to get caught up in focusing on all that is difficult, disappointing, and heartbreaking. It’s easy to find: all you have to do is turn on the news.

In light of the brokenness (not in spite of it or as a practice of escapism) it is important to meditate on the good and to respond with thanks. I think it’s pretty neat that psychological studies and research support the ancient wisdom found in the Bible about giving thanks. (Check out 2 Chronicles 16:7-36 as one example.)

For those of us who bear the scars of trauma, I think the Bible is invaluable in its honest appraisal of what it means to live in this world: that life is hard, but it is also beautiful. I’ve been meditating on Psalm 27 lately and I love how the psalmist holds up gratitude to God in the face of strife — remembering that there are things worth giving thanks for in the midst of difficulty.

That’s one of the reasons why I love this job so much, and why I am writing this letter of gratitude to you, dear reader. I get the amazing opportunity to work with this incredible, complex, important text that informs my spirituality AND I get to work with a fantastic community of artists, art-lovers, Bible-lovers, and … am I leaving anybody out?

So, thank you.

To our artists, patrons, curators, consultants, interns, tech support, board members, founders (I’m looking at you, Jonathon and Emily), art-enthusiasts, lovers of the Bible, family and friends, first-time and long-time visitors to our site, followers on social media, fellow supportive organizations, and people who make up this community past and present: Thank you. You make my job possible.

And I, for one, am grateful.

Rebecca Testrake.

Program Manager at Spark+Echo Arts