Mercy That Endures

Mercy That Endures

Friday, April 3

A few years ago in Oslo, Norway, I saw the sturdy boat of Fridtjof Nansen, the polar explorer, humanitarian, and winner of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1922. This vessel was aptly named, Fram, which means forward.

At one time Nansen was taking soundings from this boat in the Arctic Ocean. Finding the line too short, he entered these words in his diary, “Deeper than that.” Next day, with greatly lengthened line, the result was the same. On the third day, using all the line available, he recorded the same verdict, “Deeper than that.”

Even more immeasurable is God’s redeeming grace mediated to us in Jesus Christ. It transforms and guides us. It enables us to claim with a lonely missionary in a Roman prison, “I can do all things in him who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13).

Teach us, dear Savior, that your grace is adequate for our every need. AMEN.

About the Author

Theodore W. Anderson (1889–1972) served as president of the Evangelical Covenant Church for twenty-six years, from 1933 to 1959. Elected during the height of the Depression, he guided the church through a time of challenges, conflict, and developing identity. Anderson wrote these devotionals for the Home Altar in 1963.

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  1. Thanks for these devotions. I read a biography of Nansen and his polar explorations on the Fram last year. Most interesting. And Theodore Anderson manages to say a great deal that is insightful in just a few words.

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