Grace does not remain outside
or beside nature
but rather permeates
and wholly renews it.
And thus nature,
reborn by grace,
will be brought to its highest revelation.
That situation will again return in which
we serve God freely and happily,
without compulsion or fear,
simply out of love,
and in harmony with our true nature.
Christianity does not introduce
a single substantial foreign element
into the creation.
It creates no new cosmos
but rather makes the cosmos new.
It restores what was corrupted by sin.
It atones the guilty
and cures what is sick;
the wounded it heals.
~Herman Bavinck from “Common Grace”
As we wither, our colors changing
as we die,
we are cured,
our nature reborn
by transforming amazing grace.
Let it be with me
as You have said.
Have mercy on me, O God,
according to your unfailing love;
according to your great compassion
blot out my transgressions.
Every day, as the sun goes down, I’m reminded how often I messed up that day, in big and small ways. My mistakes seem illuminated, weighing down my heart, and impossible to forget. Yet, as I pray like the Psalmist for mercy, there follows a peacefulness at the end of the day, as my errors are blotted out, covered over by the descent of the night. The slate, one more time, is wiped clean.
I remember, once again, as the morning dawns, there is renewal, there is cleansing brightness, a promise provided within each new day. I am given another chance to get it right.