God’s gift of grace. It’s not just some nice religious concept. It’s real. Absolutely real. Powerfully real. So real it comes when you don’t deserve it, in the exact doses you need and in the most surprising ways imaginable. But what do you have to do for it to become real when it seems as if your life is filled with everything but grace? Take the first steps of faith. Believe that God loves you, even when you’re not sure. Trust that God is at work in your life helping you become the person God has created you to be, even when you have questions. Act as if this gift God gives you is the most powerful reality in your life, even when you have your doubts. Do these things and you’ll begin to live in that realm where grace is not just real, it’s the realist thing of all. #GodNMe
It’s hard. It’s painful. It’s depressing. And, sometimes, it’s just the way life is. There’s no sense denying reality because just hoping ‘it will all go away’ will not make it go away. But there’s something that can change even the hardest, most painful and most depressing moments in your life – God. That’s because God’s in the business of making all things new, especially when that seems impossible. Sometimes it’s sudden and miraculous. At other times it’s prolonged and gradual. And at still other times it’s a process of letting go of the old so that you can embrace the new. Sure it can be hard. But, remember, you’re not doing it alone. God is with you every single moment. So face your worst moments with God’s hope. Not naivety, but God’s hope. Not a belief in fairy tales, but God’s hope. Not the desire to have everything work out the way you think it should, but God’s hope. For, indeed, with God real hope is a reality. #GodNMe
Your gracious love shines from this moment into eternity.
Let it shine Your love in all the dark places of pain, hurt, failure and sin.
- to bring us healing, fresh starts and hope in all the ways we need most.
Let it illuminate Your will with absolute clarity.
- to enable us to live as You have created us.
Let it radiate Your power in our lives.
- to embolden us to share your love, forgiveness, new life and hope with others.
Let Your love shine brightly, Lord.
And let it shine in us.
And lasting forever more.
How do you respond to all the horrible things going on in the world? It would be easy to become cynical, filled with despair or just give up. Unless, of course, you’re in a relationship with God. And then you can respond in a completely different way. That’s because you’ve experienced how God’s love is the most powerful force in the universe. You’ve seen how God’s love actually changes you so you become more and more the person God’s created you to be. You’ve been touched by the power of God’s hope, joy and vision of what God’s up to in the world. So maybe you won’t be able to stop Ebola, your friend’s addiction, terrorism or sex trafficking. But when you’ve got God’s love, power to change, and hope, joy and vision, you’ll be amazed at what a difference it will make – to you, to others and, perhaps, to the world. #GodNMe
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From Bishop Gary Mueller “The Realist Thing of All” God’s gift of grace.…