We were out shooting at sunrise (it was so cold!) and I saw this oportunity for a really cool shot. I wanted to evoke a feeling of victory or triumph with this photo, like a man would feel after a hard fought battle. I think it works.
Photo by Japheth Mast / Unsplash

I know you’ve seen them. They are the true kings of late-night TV programming.


I’ve always been amazed that within a 30-minute span of time someone can convince me that I NEED something to make my life blissfully easy. Everyone is always smiling in infomercials, right? Who would have known that I could be such a Neanderthal without a Slammin’ Sham-Pow Rag or Super Slippery Space Omelet Pan?

The folks that write infomercials know how to get you on the edge of your couch with your phone in hand ready to buy. They extol the virtues of their latest invention, prove that your life would be woefully incomplete without it, and BLAM, like a shot between the eyes, they smack you with the phrase that seals the deal.

“But wait, there’s more!”

Some people start giggling with excitement every time they hear that phrase. But others of us, the skeptics, don’t believe anything truly great can cost so little.

What if someone told you that you could get something totally amazing for free? No cost. Not even for shipping and handling.

The skeptics are beginning to outnumber the believers these days. Is there anything really worth having that is free?

Galatians 1:1-5 “This letter is from Paul, an apostle. I was not appointed by any group of people or any human authority, but by Jesus Christ himself and by God the Father, who raised Jesus from the dead. All the brothers and sisters here join me in sending this letter to the churches of Galatia. May God the Father and our Lord Jesus Christ give you grace and peace. Jesus gave his life for our sins, just as God our Father planned, in order to rescue us from this evil world in which we live. All glory to God forever and ever! Amen.” (NLT)

As Paul opened his letter to friends in Galatia, he reminded them they had received something priceless from God for free. They were the recipients of God’s grace. For Paul, “grace” was not a word that he used lightly. Whenever he used it, he was talking about the salvation gift from God through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. As someone who has accepted and received God’s grace, you have been given a gift that is better than any other. It’s a gift you could never afford to buy. It is because of God’s grace you have the hope of heaven for your future. What a gift!

But wait, there’s more!

Paul mentioned another word in his greeting – peace. Did you know that grace brings peace? It’s the ultimate two-for-one deal! Because of God’s grace, you can experience true peace, the peace that can only come from Jesus Christ. That kind of peace is not dependent on individual situations – they can cause you to be only happy or sad, but they cannot provide real peace. Real peace comes from knowing that regardless of what is going on in your world, your perfect heavenly Father desires to use you to accomplish His will on earth. Real peace comes from knowing that you will spend eternity in the perfection of heaven.

May you experience God’s peace because of God’s grace this week!

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