I’ve been thinking a lot about redemption lately. I actually looked it up in the dictionary and love what I found. The very first definition at Dictionary.com says this: an act of redeeming or the state of being redeemed.
It’s both an act and a state. I don’t think I ever really got that before.
Oh, I would sing the songs believing with all my heart I was and am redeemed. But to me that always referred to salvation. It’s that part of redemption that Amber found in Crossing Values.
But redemption is bigger. And that’s what the rest of the Crossing series deals with. Other states of being redeemed.
In Ryan’s Crossing, Ryan figures out that God really does care about his life choices. Although Ryan has accepted Jesus as Savior, he’s never allowed God more than surface deep. God wants to redeem his whole life. Not just give us saving grace.
In Romancing Melody, coming out next year, Melody discovers that God wants to be in every moment, holding us and loving us. When life is good, and when it’s gut-wrenching hard.
And in the final book, Melody’s aunt will stand with Amber as they both discover that God wants to redeem those painful moments of life where the enemy gets in and declares we are damaged goods, unworthy for Kingdom work.
Because God wants our whole heart and our whole life. Even the ugly parts. And the painful parts. And the secret parts. Because He has a plan to redeem them all, healing us and bringing His Name glory.