These two tugs provided an exuberant backdrop to the start of the Clipper 09-10 yacht race. With their water cannon operating at full tilt there was something quite ecstatic and jubilant about the way in which they were just being totally, utterly and completely true to their identity and purpose. In the presence of the graceful racing yachts it was as though these squat working vessels were celebrating a beauty and worth all of their own. It was a pleasure to see them like this, in their own right.
In the Bible it is so often those who are seen by others as having little or no comparative worth, or those excluded ones who are not seen at all, who truly exult in the love which God has for them. Being loved and cherished for who we are and as we are is the very essence of the gospel of grace. Enfolded in such divine love how can we do anything other than offer our wholehearted exaltation to God. The tugs are a nautical parable.