As a bird cannot exhaust the air in the sky nor a fish exhaust the
water in the sea, neither can we exhaust the grace of the God.

~Charles Spurgeon

photo by Nate Gibson

It has always been a happy thought to me that the creek runs on all night, new every minute, whether I wish it or know it or care, as a closed book on a shelf continues to whisper to itself its own inexhaustible tale. So many things have been shown so to me on these banks, so much light has illumined me by reflection here where the water comes down, that I can hardly believe that this grace never flags, that the pouring from ever-renewable sources is endless, impartial, and free. 
Annie Dillard in Pilgrim at Tinker Creek

photo by Chris Lovegren

This grace never flags, never exhausts itself, flows free and endlessly.
And that is so– yet free comes at great cost.  Freedom can never be free.
Snow and ice melt, clouds deplete, emptying out their weight,
transfigured into something other.
There is sacrifice upstream and from the heavens.
It could and has run red, it is so costly.
Quenching our every thirst,  we no longer lie panting and parched.
Revived, renewed, transformed, grateful,
Forever changed.
Amazed and amazing, we are purchased and paid in full.

photo by Josh Scholten

4 thoughts on “Inexhaustible

  1. “…Neither can we exhaust the (freely given) grace of God….”yet free comes at a great cost…”
    Your words are perfect for me today Emily. Ever and always Father’s grace astounds me. A significant change in my mind and body functioning has just occurred, and God’s ever flowing grace is the only antidote for the new paradigm.

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  2. Astounding Truths, Thank you, Emily. Yet, how often do we — the constant recipients of this unearned miraculous gift of grace — take it (and Him) for granted?
    We do not pay the price for this gift. That terrible inestimable price has already been paid by Jesus the Christ — the only just and innocent entity that has ever existed. It is freely given, often not asked for in times of desperation — perhaps telling our self-sufficient egotist selves that, ‘I can handle this; thanks, but I don’t need any help.’ But Our Creator God knows us so well. And He does not hesitate to respond to our needs.

    The Graces that we receive, often spectacular in scope — and those that heal us silently and seemingly unobtrusively, are what keep us treading our Journey’s path during times when we succumb to weakness through our sins of commission and omission, and are overcome by the mental suffering that usually accompanies guilt. He graciously extends these Graces to us because of His compassion and mercy so that we may be able to continue on our Journey. Without His gift(s), we would collapse and crumble into a heap of misery and hopelessness.


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