I have been drawn to a song, Brokenness Aside, by All Sons & Daughters.  It’s so incredible and really has touched me deeply.  This past couple of years I have really been on a journey experiencing God’s grace in so many new ways and this song has really tapped the heart of it.  Shame, guilt, remorse, despair are all so natural when we look at things in our past.  But with God they become unnecessary.  Yet we are pulled back into them all the time.  And yet my pride and sin nature tries to convince me over and over that I am not that bad.  So many of us go there too.  From one side of the spectrum to the other.  Either we are full of guilt or shame and think God won’t receive us, or we think we are so good in and of ourselves that we don’t need God.  This song encapsulates the heart of it for me in it’s chorus.

I am a sinner
If its not one thing its another
Caught up in words
Tangled in lies
You are the Savior
And you take brokenness aside
And make it beautiful

“I am a sinner” addresses my inclination to push God away.  And “you take brokenness aside” addresses my inclination to think that the shame is mine forever.

God’s grace is so amazing and I am grateful that He has not given up on me.  Not when I try to keep Him away and not when I think He wouldn’t want to be close to me.  He is always there.  And He is always surprising me.