A young couple came into the gallery this evening. I was in the middle of conversation with someone else, but out of the corner of my eye saw them discussing a painting of the Black Beach area.
As soon as we were alone in the gallery, they asked for a price. Then asked about the possibility of painting the same scene at a different time of day. We had the usual commission conversation. Payment terms. How long it takes to produce a finished painting. Could I capture the exact spot they have in mind.
Then I noticed her ring. Spectacular square setting of diamond on the appropriate finger on her left hand. And she said "it's brand new!" He had just proposed to her - like an hour before - in that spot - on that beach - just after sunset.
A brand new ring. A brand new life awaiting them, even though they have been together seven years.
I felt honored to be part of this special evening. I was the first to know - they hadn't called anyone yet - though he did ask her father's permission this afternoon (I love that!).
Where am I going with this? Not totally sure. It just seemed worth noting. Because 'brand new' holds the promise of a fresh start. The chance to 'get it right.'
Of course, each day, in each new moment, we can start fresh. Go back to my blog post of August 25 if you missed it the first time. The grace God gives us each and every day to start fresh. Free, All we need to is accept it, embrace it, and live it.
Cool stuff. Such a shame that God gets a bad rap from so many when grace is just about the coolest thing ever in the world! Ok - maybe not 'just about the coolest' - it IS the coolest! But that's a topic for a post another day.
Song Brand New here.
And a sermon based on the lyrics also titled Brand New. (thank you Pastor Ben and Cape Cod Church.)