Grace isn't just for sunny days. It’s for dark days too. Maybe grace shows up best on dark days.
King David had a few dark days. His infidelity and murder was brought out and made public. That had to be a dark day. And he found grace.
There once was a woman drawing water at the community well. She was what you might call a “woman of many men” for she had already had five husbands, and the man who was her current main squeeze had not even bothered to wed her. Christ came along. He brought grace to this woman’s dark and dreary life.
Another woman, one we might label as “a slut with an impure lifestyle” was found washing the feet of Christ with her tears. Her TEARS! And after washing his feet, she dried them with her hair. Can you picture that one? Those nearby chastised her, and they said some less than esteeming words to Christ as if he had lost his senses.
And in the end, Christ extended grace to the darkest depths of this woman of the streets. He said to her, “Your sins are forgiven.”
Grace came that day and touched the dark places of this common prostitute. She came in as a woman of sin. She left as a woman seized by grace.
What is your dark place? What parts of your life would you really like to keep in the dark and out of sight of others?
The God that I serve wants to offer you great grace. He wants to light up your life and extend the hand of grace to your distorted, disjointed, and disengaged lifestyle.
He can bring grace to your life. He can shed light and life on any area in which you feel great shame and disgrace.
The invitation is this:
Come, all who are tired, worn out, and carry immense problems on your shoulders. Lay down your burdens. I will give you rest. Learn about my ways and a new way of living. I shall bring peace to your soul.
In other words … I give grace for the dark places in your life.
Thanks be to God.
P Michael Biggs
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