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A Timeless Portrait of Grace

June 11, 2010 by  
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Have you ever looked closely at a stained glass window? The hand blown, manually cut, leaded pieces fit together to form beautiful artwork which, when done, conveys a message from the heart of the Master Artist. When the sun beams its radiance through the carefully structured artwork, the sight is breathtaking. No two hand-made windows are alike; each tell a story of their own!

Our lives are much like this stained glass artwork. We once were fractured pieces of glass which appeared meaningless, lacking any type of radiant beauty. As the Lord picked up each piece, one by one, and applied His grace and His mercy as the “lead” which secures the pieces together, a beautiful picture began to form.

Day by day, moment by moment, the Master Artist is fitting the pieces of our lives together. As He shines His glory through us, a most magnificent message is revealed. It’s a timeless portrait of Grace and Mercy; it’s a portrait of a Father’s Love for His child!

If your life seems a bit “abstract” or “fractured” at times, it’s only because another piece of the picture is being put in place and secured by the mercy of God. Remember that whatever you’re going through, God will use every little piece of your life to complete the portrait which will radiate His beauty, His glory. The brilliance of His love shines through a submitted and committed life revealing His master craftsmanship through which His light dispels the darkness.

“For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.” (1 Corinthians 13:12)

Father, thank You for picking up the pieces of my life, applying Your mercy and grace, and fitting me back together to where Your glory can be seen through me, Your radiance can shine through me, and Your mercy can flow through me! I can’t say it enough, Lord, You are truly awesome and I love you! Amen!

But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ: From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.” (Ephesians 4:15-16)

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