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The Song

Standing high for all to see,
Sure of the woman I would be,
Sure I could love and live my dream,
So sure that he was meant for me.

A distant doubt whirled swift around,
A fearful heart now pushed it down.
I pushed my way through a tunnel of weeds,
Dark and moist surrounding me.

I tried to stay while days went by,
Safer there, afraid to see.
Hoping there my doubts would hide,
The light that shed it's truth on me.

The Lover came there calling me,
I hid still waiting hopefully,
That those I loved would come and give,
The joy I craved, the love I hid.

He didn't come, he didn't see,
The heart there breaking hopelessly.
The Lover called again to me,
Waiting for me patiently.
He waited there,
He waited there,
He waited always there for me.

Made for Him and for Him alone,
His touch could mend my broken soul,
His love could give me perfect peace,
For He alone could comfort me.

But still I hid there stubbornly...
And as I did, the weeds grew deep,
The roots around my heart took hold…

Extravagant Grace for Extravagant Need

For those of us who have grown up in the Protestant tradition, grace is an utterly common word. Salvation by grace through faith is our motto. Growing up, I understood that grace was "unmeritted favor." It is when God gives us a gift, something undeserved, free and unearned. I remember that illustration, "I have a gift for someone here today. You, in the red shirt, come up here. I have a gift for you. See it? Do you believe I have a gift for you? Do you believe I will give it to you? [Holds out the gift to the volunteer] I am giving it to you. What do you have to do in order to have it? That's right. Just accept it. [Person takes the gift and leaves.] It is the same with salvation. Salvation is a gift from God. He is offering it to you, and you do not need to do anything to earn it. All you have to do is accept it." That is the grace I grew up with.

Somehow though, I think I missed something along the way. While this gift metaphor encompasses a very important …