October 13, 2023

The Story of Grace

Daily Devotional2 Minutes

“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 3:6–7 HCSB

Eric Enstrom was preparing photos to bring to a convention. It was 1918 and the ongoing impact of World War I forced many to struggle with basic necessities. Eric hoped to take a photo to remind people of reasons to be thankful.

One day, an elderly man stopped in Enstrom’s studio in the tiny mining town of Bovey, Minnesota. The man introduced himself as Charles Wilden, and Enstrom was captivated. “There was something about the old gentleman’s face that immediately impressed me.” Enstrom sensed his face was perfect for the photograph Enstrom envisioned.

Enstrom staged the scene carefully. Wilden leaned against a table, his hands folded, deep in prayer. Around him were a few basics: glasses, a bowl of food, a knife, a loaf of bread, and a book. 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. The photo conveyed feelings beyond words. Even though Wilden had few earthly goods, he demonstrated the wealth he possessed because of his relationship with God and “because he had a thankful heart.”

As Enstrom displayed Grace, it began attracting attention. People began purchasing prints. Today reprints of Grace in various forms can be seen in thousands of homes and churches.

Enstrom’s photograph is a vivid reminder of the importance of God’s grace available to everyone and far more precious than gold or fame.

Reflection Question: Compose a prayer of gratitude for the things you have.

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

Today's Bible Reading
Titus 3

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

Today's Bible Reading
Titus 3