A SONG ABOUT GRACE

By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

Today my name is visitor.
Attending church with son Joshua,
Bemidji, Minnesota.
Church is sizeable.
Pastor is polished.
Congregation is politely congenial.
Typical American Evangelical church.
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Praise band followed by tithe collection,
followed by special music.
Special music feature:
Unlisted name,
Stocky balding gentleman, late 30’s,
Contemporary band-style look;
a twist of originality.
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Fancy acoustic guitar is set aside…
And an original “likeness” of a guitar displayed.
Holds the unique creation up:
He’s taken an oil can;
Turned it into the “body” of a guitar.
Used the basics …constructed a homemade acoustic.
It’s impressively … remarkable.
Both instruments are played masterfully.
Both instruments playing the same song;
A song about grace.
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The guitars strike a chord in me,
tell a story about grace:
One guitar worth thousands of dollars;
one guitar salvaged from scraps.
One guitar draws the eye;
one guitar strangely repels.
One guitar of perfect shape;
one guitar of no appeal.
But both guitars … play music.
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Grace isn’t drawn to certain makes, shapes, or molds.
Grace comes in a one size fits all …
and it fills all.

Grace is Christ’s blood being exacted on sin-stained lives;
transmitting a beautiful sound through different instruments.
Grace can work with precious metal;
grace can work with scraps.
But grace will … play on.
Grace has the power to play through any instrument;
it can take an oil can containing the darkest of sin content….
Gossip, cheating, lying, stealing, pornography, adultery, idolatry
and whatever sin you need to add …

and cleanse and transform the vessel into something
usable and beautiful to the Master.
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God is the maker of every instrument, individual, and soul.
He has the power to take the contents of "your" life,
And compose ...
A song about grace.
Give yourself over to Him;
And listen to the music.
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“And God is able to make all grace abound toward you;
that ye,
always having all sufficiency in all things,
may abound to every good work.”
2 Corinthians 9:8