Amazing Grace

“However, I consider my life worth nothing to me; my only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me; the task of testifying to the good news of God’s grace.” Acts 20:24

There is something about this photo that causes me to wonder why the girl on left is wearing a surfer t-shirt instead of a blue school uniform.  Perhaps her mom had to take the laundry down to the river on a school day instead of the weekend for some reason.  It really doesn’t matter because she is wrapped up in a blanket of Grace…just like the girls sitting next to her, and you and me.  God’s grace is for all of us; rich, poor, young, old in or out of uniform.  Think for a moment about all the stuff you have and give thanks for it, item by item, and then consider what God’s grace really is for you.  We are truly, richly blessed.  I am closing today with the words from the hymn ‘Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound’ that were written by John Newton in 1779.

“Amazing grace! How sweet the sound that saved a wretch like me!  I once was lost but now am found, was blind but now I see!  The Lord has promised good to me, His word my hope secures; He will my shield and portion be as long as life endures.  Through many dangers, toils, and snares I have already come; His grace has brought me safe so far, His grace will see me home.  Yes, when this flesh and heart shall fail and mortal life shall cease, amazing grace shall then prevail in heaven’s joy and peace.”

Dear Heavenly Father, you have called your servants to ventures of which we cannot see the ending, by paths as yet untrodden, through perils unknown.  Give us faith to go out with good courage, not knowing where we go but only that your hand is leading us and your love supporting us through Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior.  Amen. 

May God be with you…Jay