The Dance of Grace is not intended to be an illustration of a moment in the life of Jesus 2000 years ago, but rather a present depiction of the delight and celebration which He invites everyone to join in the present. I’ve chosen to portray Him dancing with children, for they come to him as they are, with no pretenses, with no performance or sense of duty. Looking in their eyes and knowing every decision they will ever make, whether good or bad, He laughs with delight because they are His. While onlookers watch, their hearts are stirred up to either desire to join the dance or to turn away, but the sheer joy and love that is seen captivates even the skeptic.
Too often we imagine we must “get ourselves in order” before we can experience his delight, but his call is simple: “Come to me and I will give….” Such is the meaning of Grace – when what we need is given freely. Not realizing our need keeps us from what Jesus said He came to do: “bind up the broken hearted, proclaim freedom for the captives and to set the prisoners free.” Do you recognize the chains? Do you feel the bondage from the lies? Do you want to be free? Let Him do as only He can - and join in the celebration of His love and the Dance of Grace.
~ Mark Keathley