Saturday, May 5, 2012

The Gift


There are those special days we know they are waiting for us - gifts chosen and given with love and care.


There are moments that take us by surprise, when grace holds out the unexpected, undeserved gift, and it takes our breath away.





Romans 5:15-17 Yet the rescuing gift is not exactly parallel to the death-dealing sin. If one man's sin put crowds of people at the dead-end abyss of separation from God, just think what God's gift poured through one man, Jesus Christ, will do! There's no comparison between that death-dealing sin and this generous, life-giving gift. The verdict on that one sin was the death sentence; the verdict on the many sins that followed was this wonderful life sentence. If death got the upper hand through one man's wrongdoing, can you imagine the breathtaking recovery life makes, sovereign life, in those who grasp with both hands this wildly extravagant life-gift, this grand setting-everything-right, that the one man Jesus Christ 
provides?




 Joining my sweet friends Sandy      

and Deidra:




 Blessings, Linda

13 comments:

Patricia said...

Oh....how lovely and powerful and amazing is that, Linda!!!! Grasping with both hands with you, beautiful friend. xox

Anonymous said...

Life Gift...

Anonymous said...

The wonder of the unexpected... the undeserved. :) Thank you for this "Still Saturday" blessing.

Jennifer @ Studio JRU said...

Breathtaking. Yes, breathtaking.

Deidra said...

oh my... "this grand setting-everything-right..." i can barely breathe, Linda. what a gift we've been given. sometimes the greatness of it sneaks up on me. thanks for making it new again.

Cindee Snider Re said...

Such beauty! Such grace! Only God!

caryjo said...

Love the roses, the color, the overall mix of Love and Grace...

Connie@raise your eyes said...

Breathtaking roses are a perfect illustration. I also was in Romans 5 for my Sunday photo.

S. Etole said...

Perfect setting ... such beauty.

Beth said...

Beautiful roses, beautiful setting, beautiful words of wisdom.
Wonderful, Linda.

Lisa said...

..."dead-end abyss of separation from God" ...yes, your words describe this darkness so well...prayers for those who who struggle painfully in that place.

Hopesrising said...

Perfect!! Such powerful words laced with such wisdom!!

Ann Kroeker said...

Amen. By sharing this surprise, you have passed it along to us, through words and image.