Where do I even begin, you are such a beautiful gift in my life. As a lifelong Lutheran, you have always been engrained in my very fiber and being. Martin Luther talked a lot about YOU! And this Bible verse from the book of Ephesians is a daily reminder of the gift you are "For it is by grace through faith that you have been saved, it is not your own doing but a gift of God." (Ephesians 2:8)
Yes, my friend grace, you are indeed a gift. But what is it about you...that makes me so very thankful for your presence. You always find a way into my head and into my heart.
In the midst of mom's illness, when I snap back quicker than I should, you tap me silently on the shoulder and tell me that next time I won't react as quickly. When I beat myself up because the desires of my heart haven't been met yet, you again look me in the eyes and show me that God does hear them. God will answer them in his time and not my own.
And then I open up the newspaper or turn on the radio and hear the horrific stories of violence and sinfulness...but even in those moments, I hear you whispering. "They are sinners in need of God's grace." "You are a sinner in need of God's grace too!" We all are going to screw up and fall short of the glory of God. Yet you (grace) are sufficient. You will get us through those times. How many times do we sin and think that we are not worthy to be forgiven....yet you continually grasp us...a simple reminder of the power of God and God's grace in our lives.
In the words of the well-known hymn "Amazing grace," 'you (grace) have' taught my heart to fear and grace my fears relieved. How precious did YOU appear the hour I first believed.' And you also (grace) have ' 'brought me safe thus far and will lead me home.'
Oh grace! You fall like fresh dew and cover me; cover us in your promises...your promises that daily cover each of us. And as your promises cover us like a well-worn blanket; torn, battered, and beaten, you still provide us with comfort and embrace us in your loving arms. You call us to action; a reason to love and serve God more fully.
Grace is knowing that sometimes we are going to spill milk on the kitchen floor and going to have to clean it up. Grace is knowing that sometimes you are going to make the wrong choices, but there will always be that second chance. Grace is knowing, even in the midst of grief, that you are sufficient when nothing else seems like it is. Grace is sharing my words even when I am trembling as I hit the publish button. Grace is knowing that you are always within my grasp; that you are always within each of our grasps.
And ultimately, my friend grace, you always change me; always change each of us! In the words of Anne Lamott, "I do not understand the mystery of grace---only that it meets us (me) where we are and does not leave us where it found us."
I am linking up with Holly for Testimony Tuesday, Kelly for the RaRa Linkup, Jennifer for Tell His Story and Holley for Coffee for your Heart: