Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Grace

by Lisa Forrey

Grace is a gift we hear a lot about. It is deceptively simple, this "unmerited favor," but sometimes difficult to pin down. Justin Holcomb describes grace this way, “A shorthand for grace is ‘mercy, not merit.’ Grace is the opposite of karma, which is all about getting what you deserve.”

Perhaps the most outstanding feature of grace is that it doesn't matter where we are in our ability to accept the gift, because God has us covered. God understands us better than we understand ourselves and knows what we need. God is bigger than our doubts, greater than our faithlessness, stronger than our fears. He loves us at our most unlovable, He's patient with our stubbornness. He still knocks when we draw the curtains and slam the door.

He calls us, each of us, by name -- individually, personally -- even knowing our darkness. He seeks relationship. His arms surround us, ready to embrace us, wherever we are, with whatever pebbles of faith we are able to gather. Whatever we can offer to God, that is enough.

Wherever you are in your path, whatever you can offer, God welcomes and holds you close.

God welcomes us. Always. He flings open the door for that time when you are ready to step across that threshold.

Because I am God, your personal God,
The Holy of Israel, your Savior
I paid a huge price for you:
all of Egypt, with rich Cush and Seba thrown in!
THAT'S how much you mean to me!
THAT'S how much I love you!
I'd sell off the whole world to get you back,
trade the creation just for you.

Psalm 43:4 (the Message)





Lisa is a single mom to two amazing daughters who try to make her a better person.  She's been involved in various small groups throughout the years and is currently a huge fan of The Fierce and The Humble group.  In her free time she enjoys trying to find balance in the chaos.  

1 comment:

  1. The Fierce and The Humble are big fans of Lisa's, too! Thanks for always clarifying and making it real!

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