Elizabeth Barrett Browning: Unchained By Grace

May 7

  My sun sets to rise again
           ~Elizabeth Barrett Browning

I awake today to find once more You are with me and have risen with the dawn. In fact, it was You who awoke the dawn, itself, in order that the rest of us could begin our days.
Whatever happened yesterday is finished or may happen today remains to be seen, but this I can be sure of: God is up before me and if I so choose, I will be unchained by His Grace. This is True and it strengthens me, giving me the courage to face whatever may lay ahead.

God has risen and arises and in lifting Himself up in the act of arising, He does so for the soul purpose of being exalted. He does not exalt Himself… He doesn’t have to. This is why we were created. Though we may choose not to do so, I think it is His deep desire and great hope that today we will fulfill His purpose – THIS purpose – for our lives. Today He will arise. And he will lift Himself up. Let me do my part and join in to help exalted His Holy name.  If for no other reason (and there are plenty to choose from) I exalt Him for the fact that I am unchained by His Grace and that He IS here to walk through all things with me. How can I NOT exalt His name for that? Each day brings forth two certainties within it: first, that God will be there. And second, that found within His Grace and Love for me, the possibilities of today are endless.

Peace, to you, today. Sean G.

Today’s Scripture: Isaiah 33:10

“Now I will arise,” says the LORD, “now I will lift myself up; now I will be exalted.


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