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Image It’s there on a wedding day…
There in the weeping by the graveside
There in the very breath we breathe
Your great grace*

If you know me very well, you will find a number of historical clues hidden deep within this picture.   Far in the backdrop are pictures from and of my ancestry, grandfathers one and all, one of them resting on a random rock.   In the foreground, we find gifts from a few of the ladies in my life.   A pewter token from a grandmother, a ceramic celebratory mug from a daughter, and a treasured portrait taken by my wife, preserved over time of course of the once celebrated Kodak Paper.  

Old school portraits were always best presented on Kodak Paper, but I digress.

Within said portrait I’m wearing my once prized, circa 1987, Hard Rock Cafe Los Angeles sweatshirt.     Truth be told, I prefer “The Rock” to “the hard”.    You see, elsewhere within the larger image are various representations of Christianity, and we have the original hard rock to thank for that.

Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.”  Jesus replied, “You are blessed, Simon son of John, because my Father in heaven has revealed this to you. You did not learn this from any human being.  Now I say to you that you are Peter (which means ‘rock’), and upon this rock I will build my church, and all the powers of hell will not conquer it.  Matthew 16:16-18

Life is full of hard moments, and great ones as well.   To live in avoidance of the former is to deny yourself the opportunity for the later.   Parenthood is kind of like that, and on the near eve of my eldest daughter’s wedding, I would change nary a thing.

It’s there in the newborn cry
There in the light of every sunrise
There in the shadows of this life
Your great grace

It’s there on the mountain top
There in the everyday and the mundane
There in the sorrow and the dancing
Your great grace
Oh such grace

From the creation to the cross
There from the cross into eternity
Your grace finds me, yes your grace finds me*

All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. It is by his great mercy that we have been born again, because God raised Jesus Christ from the dead. Now we live with great expectation,  and we have a priceless inheritance—an inheritance that is kept in heaven for you, pure and undefiled, beyond the reach of change and decay.  I Peter 1:3-4

Amen.   Feasting at the hard rock today is better than ever.   The picture says it all.

*Your Grace Finds Me lyrics by Matt Redman


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