Oceans For Emotions: God's grace is his unmerited mercy and love
"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish but have everlasting life."
- John 3:16
During this Lenten season, I have prayed that God, in his infinite mercy, would enable me to humbly write an article each week that would be both about the sea and the season of Lent. I guess this request came so far down on God's to-do list and was actually the only one of its kind, as opposed to "World Peace" in beauty pageants, that it caught his ever-seeing eye.
Needless to say, this has become an ever increasingly hard task, which I have found to be true of most of God's blessings - ask any parent.
All week have I searched my memory along with being so old, I have to search for my memory and even remembered some things that will never see the light of the written page in the religion section.
I have looked through my fishing picture scrapbook, I have prayed for an "article idea" and felt as if my prayers just fell on the sand and got washed away with the outgoing tides. I even started to lie and make up something that never happened, but I don't do that in "Oceans" columns.
Every happening really happened, and then some. I was ready to give up.
Just then, a friend stopped by and handed me a very cold present. All she said was that Mary Jean Sieler wanted me to have this. She said to put it in the freezer and defrost them for tomorrow night.
It is a package of freshly caught Red Snapper, all cleaned and filleted and ready to cook. She also said that she really enjoys my articles even though her husband, Jimmy, has to explain some of the fishing terms to her.
Dear Lord, nobody has ever loved me enough to give me already cleaned fish. I mean it, nobody, especially because I write just one little article a week that you really give me. I wouldn't expect that if I had written the Ten Commandments, the beatitudes or even the Revelations. Now, I more fully understand the sacrifice of you giving your son to die for us. I know now that God's grace is his unmerited mercy and love.