More Than We Can Hold

Each year it come up with a new simple wish to share with friends and family on their birthday. They often include the word joy as I want all people to experience deep abiding joy.

This year I was struggling to come up with something new. I was praying, listening and searching for just the right phrase when I heard, “more than you can hold.” That was it. I loved the image of my arms so full they can’t hold all that is from God. I want all of us to experience more goodness than we can hold. I want our cups to overflow.

The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.
    He makes me lie down in green pastures,
he leads me beside quiet waters,
    he refreshes my soul.
He guides me along the right paths
    for his name’s sake.
Even though I walk
    through the darkest valley,[a]
I will fear no evil,
    for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,
    they comfort me. You prepare a table before me
    in the presence of my enemies.
You anoint my head with oil;
    my cup overflows.
Surely your goodness and love will follow me
    all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in the house of the Lord
    forever. (Psalm 23 NIV).

I know many think of funerals when they read this scripture, however I think of the goodness of God. I lack nothing. I am comforted. I have no fear. God is always with me.

Whenever I have experienced this goodness of God, it has always felt like more than I could hold. Healing deep emotional wounds leaves me filled with more gratitude than I can hold. Thinking of my husband and children fills me with more love than I can hold. Seeing young children laughing and playing fills me with more hope than I can hold. Opportunities to serve others brings compassion and grace that is more than I can hold.

If I am willing to look for it even when I don’t deserve it, and willing to participate in it, God’s overflowing goodness is there for me.

Have you experienced the goodness of God in a way that is more than you can hold? Share your experience here and breathe life and bring hope to others.

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