The New Testament writers tell us, over-and-over again, that God’s Grace will overtake us whenever we journey through the dark tunnel of meaninglessness. Sometimes, at that moment of total despair, a wave of light breaks into our darkness and it is as though a voice were saying: “You are loved! You are accepted! I have come into the world as the ultimate witness to your worthwhileness! You really matter! Your being really counts! You are an integral, necessary part of God’s plan for the fulfillment of His creation! Your reason for being extends through all eternity! You never will be abandoned! Accept the reality that you are accepted!”
Picture yourself for a moment as a slave. You have been brought into the slave market and you are up on the auction block. Someone comes along, bids the highest price, and pays for you. But, to your utter astonishment, instead of taking you into slavery in his household, he says to you, “You are free!…
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