New Year Note:
As we begin 2021, I want to thank you for following this blog. Once again, I invite you to join us as together we attempt to enter deeper into Holy Space.
Faith and trust are a journey of discovery. Do feel free to read over my shoulder and share your insights into each post. May we dig together in search of Holy Nuggets to help us navigate and understand the enigmas of our secular and pain-filled world.
May we all be more like the Jesus we follow for all those we will encounter on this year’s walk through life.
Over the next few posts, I am drawn to continue the exploration of the amazement of grace in our daily lives.
GodReflection: Is Grace Still Amazing?
One of my childhood heroes was Grandpa.
I admired his ability to navigate off-road ruts that led to favorite fishing holes. Bush-covered trails down the banks of a river were not a challenge. He would lead my brother and me to where the fish awaited our arrival.
Grandpa knew fish swam in the murky waters even when they showed no interest in the special bait he prepared for the occasion. With his fishing tackle box and a canvas pack full of ample supplies there was always Vienna sausage, crackers, and a block of cheese. With grandpa no one needed to wash hands to cut the cheese. Our needs were covered for the next few hours as we waited for “the big one.”
By the time I left for college Grandpa’s circumstance changed. His eyes and hearing dimmed. He talked more to himself as an aid to remember the steps in the tasks before him. No longer would his legs carry him up and down riverbanks.
But I never heard him complain. In his silence punctuated with dry humor, I think he knew he was under the loving grace and care of his Creator God. He was a believer and honored the Holy.
In my later years I have come to understand that to be grace that covers even more than my sin. Grace is “Eternal Presence” now. Grace is my companion throughout each day and my assurance through the night.
As I come and go—faced with the challenges of the day—my place at the table always comes with a warm welcome and generous abundance from Father, Son, and Spirit.
So here I am. Like Grandpa I have my very own set of hearing aids, my mobility devices, and no longer have the sharp clear vision of my youth. Riverbanks and mountain creeks are beyond my reach. AND like grandpa I live twenty-four/seven within the loving grace and care of Creator God.
Lines from the old hymn written by Henry Lyte one hundred years prior to my birth come to mind:
I need Thy presence every passing hour. What but Thy grace can foil the tempter’s power? Who like Thyself my guide and stay can be? Through cloud and sunshine, O abide with me.
I fear no foe with Thee at hand to bless. Ills have no weight and tears no bitterness. Where is death’s sting? Where grave, thy victory? I triumph still if Thou abide with me.
Hold Thou Thy cross before my closing eyes, Shine through the gloom and point me to the skies. Heaven’s morning breaks and earth’s vain shadows flee. In life, in death, O Lord, abide with me.
Lyte’s song is replete with grace notes. It is grace’s description set in poetry and music. Sure, it depicts forgiveness, yet it portrays so much more. Grace is our companion—watching out for us and leading us safely through life’s scrapes and bruises.
What is so amazing about grace? Grace surrounds and protects me as it ensures my safe passage through life. With or without a pandemic, and no matter what group of men and women govern the real estate upon which I reside; I should never let a day pass without gratefulness for grace in my world.
How would you describe the touch of grace in your life—the grace that goes even beyond God’s forgiveness of your sin?
Dr. Gary J. Sorrells
A GodReflection on Grace That Covers Even More Than Our Sin