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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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