A Story of ‘Grace’

Inspiration MinistriesBy Inspiration Ministries2 Minutes

“He saved us —not by works of righteousness that we had done, but according to His mercy . . . He poured out this Spirit on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Savior so that, having been justified by His grace, we may become heirs with the hope of eternal life.” Titus 3:5-7 HCSB

Eric Enstrom was preparing photos to take to a convention. It was 1918, and the ongoing impact of World War I forced many to struggle with basic necessities. His hope was to take a photo to remind people of all they had to be thankful for.

One day, an elderly man stopped in Enstrom’s studio and introduced himself as Charles Wilden. Immediately Enstrom was captivated. “There was something about the old gentleman’s face that immediately impressed me.” Enstrom sensed that “he had a kind face,” perfect for the photograph Enstrom had envisioned.

Enstrom staged the scene carefully. Wilden leaned against a table, his hands folded, deep in prayer. Around him were just a few basics: A book, glasses, bowl of food, a knife, and a loaf of bread. Yet Wilden seemed filled with gratitude.

As soon as the negative was developed, Enstrom sensed the photo was something special. He called the photo “Grace.” It conveyed that even though Wilden had few earthly goods, he demonstrated the wealth he possessed because of his relationship with God and his thankful heart.

When Enstrom displayed “Grace” in his studio’s window, it began attracting attention. Word spread and people began purchasing prints. Today reprints of “Grace” can be seen in thousands of homes, churches, and other places around the world.

Enstrom’s photograph is a vivid reminder of the importance of God’s grace. Available to anyone, rich or poor, young or old. No matter happens in the world. Far more precious than gold or fame.


Prayer: Father, thank You for the grace that You have shown me. I am so grateful for all that You have done for me. Use me to impact others for the Gospel. In Jesus’ name.