Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Grace and Mercy


"Let us then fearlessly and confidently and boldly 
draw near to the throne of grace, 
that we may receive mercy for our failures 
and find grace to help in good time for every need, 
appropriate help and well-timed help, 
coming just when we need it."    Hebrews 4
I have this picture over the fireplace in my family room.
When we remodeled about 10 years ago, 
 I wanted red walls.
I saw this picture before we were near finished, 
and I knew it was coming home with me.
The red was the perfect color; 
the picture was the perfect image.
When we are intimate with Jesus, 
mercy and grace shelter us from the storms of life.
The woman is clueless 
that the rain and wind blow about her.
She is in the arms of the one she loves, 
and all is well.
When we draw near to Jesus,  
there is mercy for our failures and grace for every need--
appropriate help just when we need it.
I look at this picture every day.
Fairly confident the artist did not have this in mind
when he painted it. He calls it "whimsical."
But to me, it is a constant reminder
that every day, 
grace and mercy are my well-timed help.
I need them all day long.

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