Today (thanks in part to international women’s day), I feel like my Facebook and twitter feeds were full of stories of God’s redemption. (although, in truth, if you are looking for it, you can always find small-or very big-stories of redemption.) He redeems horrific situations, seemingly hopeless despair and even the most lost of people. He turns hate to understanding and kindness and ashes to beauty. I am grateful for the ways this is true on both a grand, world-wide scale, and on a personal level. I’m thankful for an almost complete stranger who went way, way out of his way today to help someone I love- to give her hope and remind her that there is no person or situation that is outside of God’s redemptive power. Grace is an amazing thing.