MERCIFUL IMPERFECTIONS

MERCIFUL IMPERFECTIONS 
By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

I cannot help but wonder at times, dear reader, if I am the most dense, thick-headed wanderer in the Christian community.
How much brokenness must attend me, I wonder, before I finally grasp the meaning of this magnificent mystery called grace?
How much "need" must I experience before I finally lay claim to that which has been rightfully mine since the day of salvation?
How long does it take to actually "appropriate" the redemptive terms and mercies of God and live them out in a satisfying way?
I do not know the answer, dear reader, to these questions and many like it;
 I only know that God is threading His mercy and grace through me in a meaningful, demonstrable, remarkable, beautiful way.
And to pass this grace to another ...
Is to be my life.
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Merciful Father,
How relieving it is to find myself at the depth of imperfection with You.
The place where there are no secrets,
No lies,
No hiding places.
The place of simple nakedness;
where I'm with You and You're with me, 
and Your life is beating through me and empowering me.
Where the sordid and confessed inconsistencies of my yesterday lend themselves to an introduction to "another's" brokenness and confession today.
Where the tokens of yesterday's graces poured out on me so liberally, now become usefully and liberally poured out on the needs of "another's" heartaches today.
Cause me to identify deeply with another, Father, in order that a manifestation of Your glory and grace be clearly observed.
Let a broken, weary, sin-stained, scarred up soul be brought into my presence this day and teach me how to love ... like You love me.
The comfort I derive and the grace I have laid claim to steadies my soul and readies my spirit for service to You, Father.
Employ me and put to use my impassioned desires for You.
Use my voice, my hands, my feet, and my passions for the good of another and the glory of Your name.
Amen.
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"He brought me up also out of a horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings. And He hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God: many shall see it, and fear, and shall trust in the Lord."
Psalm 40:2-3