Grace can’t be earned, but it can be resisted. There are times when we prefer darkness to light, when revenge feels good and pleasure trumps virtue. Hating those who wound us comes easier and, at least in the short term, feels more satisfying than loving them. It gets easier and easier to remain in the shadows. The promises of Christ seem distant, as if they are for other people but not for me. We might stand in the light if we could see it, but our eyes have gone dark.
Lord, clear my vision and cleanse my heart so that I might remain in the light.
—Excerpted from 2016: A Book of Grace-Filled Days by Jessica Mesman Griffith