Pure Joy by Sammi Whitwell

I’m constantly overwhelmed with gratitude at the goodness and kindness of God’s character. Do you ever take time to ruminate on the fundamental ways that Jesus’ life changed the trajectory of our lives? Because of God’s merciful character and Jesus’ selfless sacrifice, we are free. Free from the pressures of society and culture. Free from identifying ourselves by things that don’t last. Free to experience the fullness of love and joy. Free to hope for a future without pain.

I wrote this short poem from a moment of overwhelming joy in the Lord. He is not only merciful and gracious, but He’s merciful and gracious to the worst version of us. We don’t have to do anything to deserve His love. It’s something we already have. I challenge you to think on the cross and the empty tomb today. Take a couple minutes and write down a short prayer of gratitude for all that God has done for you. How undeserving are we of His grace. How loving is He to give it to us anyway.


Let me sing with pure joy in my heart

For the One who knows me is enthroned above all else.

From my lowly place, the King chose to save me.

He looked at me with mercy and took my hand.

He pulled me from the pit I was trapped in

And He washed me completely clean.

He clothed me with materials from His own palace

And prepared a celebration feast for me.


I asked Him why.

“Because I love you and I know you.”

I asked Him how.

“Because I made you.”


Oh, what freedom to have someone know your innermost being, thoughts, and flaws

And have Him choose to save you anyway.

Tanya Magnus

Tanya Magnus

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