Three times today I heard the word “gorgeous.”   My dictionary tells me it means “outstandingly beautiful or very pleasant.”  The first time was at dawn as we rose above the earth in a hot-air balloon.  It was stunningly clear.  We could see Boston, the Atlantic Ocean and north to Mount Washington in New Hampshire.  One of the people riding with us kept saying, “It is so gorgeous.”  It was.

The second time was in the Dunkin Donuts we stopped at after the balloon ride.  After a thirties looking man left the girls behind the counter started in with,“Wasn’t he gorgeous?”

The third time was my auto mechanic.  As I entered to pick up our 170,000 mile old car he looked up and said, “What a gorgeous day!”

So I concluded that I also need to use the word “gorgeous.”  Let me begin with John 3:17.  “For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.”  That is gorgeous.  How about Ephesians 2:4 through 8?  “God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus: That in the ages to come he might show the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus. For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:”

If you don’t think that is gorgeous you need a new pair of glasses.

Written by Roger Bothwell on September 13, 2012

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