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Daily Archives: August 29, 2015

Grace and Mercy From A Water Spout

Have you ever noticed the settings on a water spout? This summer in Central Texas has reacquainted me with the choices on mine. When I am watering my plants with a handheld hose, I can choose these settings: Soaker, Mist, Jet, Shower, Flat, Center and Cone. Soaker is the one I use when I want to drench a single plant. Mist is when I want a light coat on the plant. Jet is the one to use when I want to wash dirt off my porch. Shower does a nice job of covering a certain area evenly. Flat is a center line directed at one area. Center setting sprays from a central location to a perfect circle. Cone is a perfect circle outline to focus on root penetration. After a particularly eventful and spectacularly stressful week, I found myself thinking of those seven settings and God’s capacity for Grace (the free and unmerited favor of God) and Mercy (compassion and forgiveness offered when one could offer punishment instead). I mean the God I believe in – the one true God of Abraham and Issac and Father in the trinity of Father-Son-Holy Spirit – can offer His…