That Beautiful Hymn
Amazing Grace how sweet the sound that saved a wretch like me
I once was lost, but now I’m found, was blind, but now I see
What is Grace?
The NIV Bible defines it as God’s unmerited favor toward mankind—His merciful power to do for us, in us and through us what we could never do on our own. Notice that word unmerited. Webster’s Dictionary says “not adequately earned or deserved.”
The only requirement for receiving God’s grace is to believe in His Son, Jesus—that He died on that cross so long ago and was raised again to live with His Father in Heaven. Jesus died, so that we might have an abundant life as part of God’s family. If you invite Him to come into your life you will receive the precious and free gift of grace. All you have to do is ask.
A True Story
I received a bushel basket of grace as a result of being downsized out of a job six months ago. News (make that gossip) travels fast in academic circles, and soon, I was besieged by a sea of teachers and staff asking me in that wringing-your-hands tone of voice, “What are you going to DO?” I had no idea.
I have to admit I spent that first weekend fearful and feeling sorry for myself—crying and moping and crying some more, but then, God reminded me of all the times in my life when I had not known what the future would be. I had survived them all, and in a moment of total surrender, I experienced peace as it triumphed over fear.
Suddenly, I knew God’s plan (whatever it would turn out to be) would be the best one, and if He had seen fit to let this job loss happen, surely He had something even better coming my way. So, I trusted Him and waited—actively—meaning I did my part, praying, applying for jobs and interviewing. Within a couple of months I had not one, but two positions secured. Being of retirement age, I decided that one part-time job would be quite enough.
GOD IS SO GOOD!
My future employers appreciated my outgoing personality in the interview, so they decided to create a job that was tailor-made for me! And so, a few days a week you can find me walking, talking, listening, smiling, laughing and helping an endless stream of happy customers as they enjoy a delightful shopping experience at Detwiler’s Farm Market in Palmetto, Florida. Here’s the link to this unique store: https://www.detwilermarket.com/
Who Me – Doing This?
Never in my wildest imagination did I ever think I would be doing something like this, and yet it is hands down, the best (and most rewarding) job I’ve ever had in my life! I just show up, be myself and get paid for it! Thank you God!
It’s All About Him
So, you and I don’t deserve God’s grace; and yet He gives it to us, because His love for us is limitless. He wants for us to see that life, as we know it here on earth and as it will someday be with Him in “the heavenly places,” has always been, is now, and will always be about Him—all about Him! The Bible says,
“We love because He first loved us.” 1 John 4:19
God set love into motion because He is who He is—our gracious Creator and unconditionally loving Father, the one and only Almighty One! Like Him, God’s grace has no beginning or end. It is the same yesterday, today and forever. What a magnificent gift and, oh, did I mention, simply amazing!