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I was listening to a Christian radio station on January 1st and they suggested to listeners that everyone pick a "theme" song for the year. That could mean any number of things, I suppose. You could pick a song that sums up your life right now. You could choose something that offers encouragement that you want to remember throughout the year. In my opinion, there are no rules!

Shortly after the DJs were talking about this, I heard the song "How Can It Be?" by Lauren Daigle. I'm not sure I can say that it will be my theme song for the whole year, but it certainly is for right now! The lyrics really said something to me. I'm not sure I can really even explain it. It just really hits home, I think.

I am guilty
Ashamed of what I've done, what I've become
These hands are dirty
I dare not lift them up to the Holy one

I know I've talked before about feelings of shame and guilt. But what is so incredibly powerful to me about this is the imagery of the dirty hands. Sometimes it's really hard to offer praise and worship when we're in a dark place of feeling unworthy. But the beautiful things is that our hands aren't dirty. Nothing about us is. We're washed white as snow.

You plead my cause
You right my wrongs
You break my chains
You overcome
You gave Your life
To give me mine
You say that I am free
How can it be
How can it be

Another really cool image to me is the thought that God is pleading my cause. If I really was put on trial for my sin, my failures, my shortcomings, God would be there defending me. He is who makes me right and whole and pure.

I've been hiding
Afraid I've let you down, inside I doubt
That You could love me
But in Your eyes there's only grace now

How often are we scared that we let someone down? That we're a disappointment? And we let that fear doubt God's love for us. But believe me, if we were able to look into His eyes, we wouldn't see disappointment or contempt. We would see grace...only grace.

You plead my cause
You right my wrongs
You break my chains
You overcome
You gave Your life
To give me mine
You say that I am free
How can it be
How can it be

Is anyone surprised that once again I like the image of the broken chains? I didn't think so. He overcame ALL. So awesome!

Though I fall, You can make me new
From this death I will rise with You
Oh the grace reaching out for me
How can it be
How can it be

Not only does Christ offer us grace, but it is literally reaching for us. Even if we try to run away or escape it, He is still offering it to us. Always reaching out for us.

You plead my cause
You right my wrongs
You break my chains
You overcome
You gave Your life
To give me mine
You say that I am free
How can it be
How can it be

Christ gave His life as an offering for each and everyone one of us. He did that to give us our lives. And while we might have trouble believing that we're really free. While we might be asking, "How can it be?" It's the bottom line. It's probably one of the most important things we can ever accept and have confidence in. It is the truth.