Grace Expressed by Ginger of
Ginger’s Corner: Where the Spiritual Meets the Practical
Grace is a word we bounce off our tongue with ease. We bandy it about, sometimes carelessly. These five letters pop up frequently in sermons and songs, and in many ways have become part of the Christian lingo. Some might even think of the word grace as cliché’ and over used.
Yet grace is like oxygen; we simply must have it in order to breathe and survive the crazy days on this planet. Like air that fills our lungs and fuels the cells of our bodies, we are often unaware that we are constantly breathing grace.
Like gravity, that invisible, inseparable constancy that keeps our feet on the ground, God’s grace set’s and holds us together.
By entering through faith into what God has always wanted to do for us—set us right with him, make us fit for him—we have it all together with God because of our Master Jesus….We find ourselves standing where we always hoped we might stand—out in the wide open spaces of God’s grace and glory, standing tall and shouting our praise. (Romans 5:1-2 MSG)
“Amazing grace…how sweet the sound” is the beginning of my favorite hymn. Today I am sinking into Romans 5 in The Message, where the word grace is expressed in ways that energize faith. Take a moment and prayerfully read aloud all of these statements of grace–the sound is indeed lavishly sweet.
Pointers to Grace: How many different ways can you express grace?
- Set us right with Him
- Make us fit for Him
- Wide open spaces of God’s grace and glory
- Christ’s sacrificial death
- Amazing friendship with God
- God’s gift poured
- Generous, life-giving gift
- Breathtaking life recovery
- Wildly extravagant life-gift
- This grand setting-everything-right
- Aggressive forgiveness
- Winning grace
- Invited into life—eternal life
Recognizing grace in this day…as it is.
Current decisions and questions pull at my insides with the twist of fear. Wanting to trust God when the future seems uncertain, I struggle to push down anxiety that rises hard. I am all too aware of the gap between faith and my feelings.
Yet the spring wind blows pink tree blossoms willy-nilly, stirring up magic on this beautiful day. A rare visit with a long-time friend brings joy. I smile watching a neighbor boy help an older couple cut the grass.
A task list that seems a mile long weighs heavy as time ticks by too fast. We mourn the passing of a man in our church family. Grief for a family left mourning a loss that cuts deep.
In all these moments, the good and the hard, I speak truth to my soul: God’s grace is sufficient, always enough, and always on time.