Words of Grace

One night I had a dream. Now most of the time when I dream, I say to myself, “ I am going to remember this when I wake up.” Then I wake up, and can’t remember a thing. But one dream I did remember. It went like this.

 I was a young boy, maybe 7 or 8. I had been out playing, running and having an awesome time. However, I took a pretty bad fall and landed on my knees. Oh, it hurt so badly! As hard as I tried I could not hold back the tears. I ran home as fast as I could. Tears streaming down my face as I entered my home. Jesus met me with open arms. He picked me up and took me into the bathroom. Ran a tub of warm water.  While the water was running, he looked at my bloody knees. With a compassionate look on his face, he got the iodine and cotton balls and began to clean the dirt and blood out of the scrapes on my knees. OH, HOW IT HURT! It stung, it was painful. Jesus spoke softly and told me it would be better. Just hang in there, he said. And after a while it was better, the stinging stopped. Then he picked me up, put me in the tub and washed me from head to toe.  As I stepped out of the tub, he wrapped me in a big white soft towel and dried me off. Then put me in white, footy pajamas.

 There was a fire going in the fireplace in the living room. He picked me up again and carried me to a rocking chair where he held me on his lap and rocked me until I went to sleep.

 Grace is God’s unmerited favor. We have no claim on this goodness, nor reason to expect, divine favor. Yet it is there. From the creation story in Genesis all the way to me in white pajamas, God loves us. God desires to give us that love. No matter what we do, God never turns away from us. In the Adam and Eve story, when they have eaten of the apple and realize they are naked, they hide. God calls out to Adam, “Adam where are you?” God seeks us out with this unmerited love that we call Grace.

 I think it is summed up best in Paul’s letter to the Romans 8,

We know that in everything God works for good with those who love him, what then shall we say to this? If God is for us, who is against us? Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or peril, or sword?

No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, not things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

 

Amen

 Andy

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