I adore words.  There are so many ways to say the same thing and different words give different nuances to a statement.  The word walk transforms when you put a little color on it – saunter, stagger, tiptoe.  My favorite way to showcase words is paired with a visual representation.

Take the word that has been on my mind lately – lavish.  That word has a lot of meanings. It speaks of an extravagance, an abundance, a giving without restraint.  It’s like taking a substantially thick piece of banana bread…nope, thicker than you just pictured, be generous…and slathering it with butter.  You spread it with butter so thick that it’s more like a frosting layer, and when you bite into the bread and butter you can clearly see teeth marks in the butter layer.  That’s lavish.

In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace which He lavished on us.  Ephesians 1:7-8

Redemption…forgiveness…riches of His grace – all lavished on us.  Not meagerly disbursed. Not rationed piece by piece. Lavished.

With this past weekend being Easter, this song has been going through my head over and over, and then we sang it on Easter Sunday, and I was so thrilled because my heart was really ready to read the words and actually notice them.

What love could remember, no wrongs we have done.
Omniscient all-knowing, He counts not their sum.
Thrown into a sea, without bottom or shore.
Our sins, they are many, His mercy is more.

What patience would wait, as we constantly roam?
What Father so tender, is calling us home?
He welcomes the weakest, the vilest, the poor.
Our sins, they are many, His mercy is more.

What riches of kindness, He lavished on us?
His blood was the payment, His life was the cost.
We stood ‘neath a debt, we could never afford.
Our sins, they are many, His mercy is more.

Praise the Lord, His mercy is more.
Stronger than darkness, new every morn–
Our sins, they are many, His mercy is more.

God doesn’t have a  human memory where He just forgets our sin, He chooses not to remember.  He forgives. He lavishes mercy.  

Where can we lavish more mercy?  Quarantine life has challenges. Illness, death, people on the front lines battling for others’ lives, job loss, fear, uncertainty, boredom, standing in line to even get into the store, face masks, everyone at home all together, loneliness.  That list could go on. Everyone’s situation is different. But we could all stand to be more merciful, more forgiving.

Love, April

April Cline

Author April Cline

April Cline, may not have a magic wand, but she often finds that her personality magically changes with coffee. If given a few wishes in her fairy tale life, she would request woodland creatures that are handy with housework and a really long nap until her prince arrives (hopefully with a coffee in hand). April's wit and skills on the piano are just a few delights she brings to the family of Christ the Word church. Her tender heart is a testimony of God's grace at work in her.

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