If death got the upper hand through one man’s wrongdoing,
can you imagine the breathtaking recovery life makes,
in those who grasp with both hands this wildly extravagant life-gift,
this grand setting-everything-right,
that the one man Jesus Christ provides?
~Romans 5:17 (Message)
Photo of a volunteer at Hiland Cottage arranging donated flowers that helped bring beauty throughout the house.
Shanda Oakley says
Wow. It is amazing the life that The Message can bring to a verse you have read for years!
It opens up a whole new way of seeing. Yes.
Louise G says
Very beautiful and affirming.
Hugs right back to you, friend.
Megan Willome says
These days have their own peculiar beauty, don’t they?
Peculiar, yes. Reminds me of something my mom would ask when we said something was funny. She’d say, “Funny haha or funny peculiar?”
I’m not sure I can fully imagine it…in fact I’m reasonably sure I can’t.
I’m nodding to Megan. A peculiar beauty, yes.
A wildly extravagant beauty. Can’t imagine. But one day we will see!
Yes. What Megan and Sheila said. And “…this grand setting-everything-right…” just undoes me.
Peterson did not hold back here, did he? This passage makes my heart soar.
Oh the hope and joy of life everlasting. Your beautiful heart shines Sandy.
And to grasp it and see it now. Such joy in that!
My heart shines? You’ve made it sing.
Shelly Miller says
That verse brings back a memory of my being in an internship in California and our discovery of the true meaning of these words. Life changing for all of us in the room that day.
I need to know more about this day and memory.
Jeanne Damoff says
That verse comes to life shared by you at this time. Love to you, friend. Keep grasping with both hands. xo
And the both hands–not just one, leaving the other to do its own thing. Grasping with you, sweet Jeanne.
Patricia @ Pollywog Creek says
Oh, Sandy….that just seems so perfect for you right now…and it blesses me, too…what an amazing thing…this grand-setting-everything-right. You’ve been in my thoughts and prayers.
LOVE…..grasping with both hands this wildly extravagent life-gift!! Never read this translation of this verse…makes it come alive in new way.
Thanks for sharing!
Welcome, Kristi. Thank you for coming by. I’ve read this, but think I overlooked it before. 🙂
S. Etole says
How right this seems at this time.
lovely to see hands arranging flowers.