SO...three gifts redeemed...from the October Joy Dare challenged by Ann Voskamp.
I must admit that this one stretched me a little...less concrete...but I just needed to look...pay attention...see!
- My blog - redeemed! I am so thankful that, despite the technical challenges I was having with it hosted on another site, God provided a successful transfer to a new location, losing very little of my past posts, links, and other goodies.
- A rainy day redeemed. It is hard when you have awaited for months for a much needed vacation, for a cold, rainy day to be the weather forecast and plans are altered. Edster and I laid low today...I gave him extra time to lay down to get his chronic pain under control...then around 3:30 p.m., we wandered on one-lane backcountry roads throughout Tucker and Randolph counties. Because it had rained and it was cloudy, the color was astoundingly brilliant with saturation. An ideal alignment of details for a photographer wanting to capture Fall color.
- The redemption of a broken life. Because of a mostly-inside day, Edster and I watched the movie, Amazing Grace ~ the story of William Wilberforce and his impact on the end of slavery in the British empire. In the story, a man, John Newton, a former slave trader, who came to know Christ, and influenced Wilberforce in his long battle to abolish slavery in England, is featured. John Newton wrote the words to the well known hymn, Amazing Grace. And while the composer of the tune is named as "unknown," many believe that it was an African tune Newton had heard his slave cargo hauntingly sing in the bowels of the ships that carried them ~ the scale is consistent with African music of that time.
Amazing grace, how sweet the sound
That saved a wretch like me.
I once was lost but now I'm found;
'Twas blind, but now I see.
This is my story as well...to be redeemed, salvaged, healed, restored, found, saved, renewed, a new creation...though still imperfect and sometimes a mess...God's amazing grace continues to redeem me!