The water cycle of grace

By Dave Henning / January 29, 2013

At the beginning of Chapter 10 (“Empty to Fill”) of One Thousand Gifts, author Ann Voskamp recalls the time she read to her children how the Jordan River flows into the Dead Sea, yet nothing flows out.  Thus the salt water content rises and everything dies.  Similarly, if we dam up the living waters of grace, our joy within dies.  Ann goes on to compare the flowing of grace to the water cycle:

“I turn my hand over, spread my fingers open.  I receive grace.  And through me, grace could flow on.  Like a cycle of water in continuous movement, grace is meant to fall, a rain . . . again, again, again. . . . I am blessed.  I can bless.  A life contemplating the blessings of Christ becomes a life acting the love of Christ.”

Ann concludes that we should take every opportunity to let the fullness of grace flow.

“And God is able to make all grace abound in you, so that in all things at all times, having all you need, you will abound in every good work.”- 2 Corinthians 9:8


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