Thursday, December 29, 2016

A Word for the Turning of the Year

As we prepare to end one year and begin another, one word stands out for me: grace.  And the source of grace is God.
Grace defines our past: sins forgiven, brokenness redeemed, grief assuaged, blessings too numerous to count.
Grace defines our future: God, who is already there, holds our lives in His hands and His hands are full of grace.
Grace defines our present: “My grace is sufficient for you”—anywhere, for anything, all the time (2 Cor. 12:9).
Make all the resolutions you want.  Who among us can’t stand some personal growth and improvement: lose weight, forsake a sin, spend time with God each day, exercise regularly, make a new friend, say “I love you” more often to the people you love, begin a new hobby.  Make all the resolutions you want and best wishes in following through.
As for me, I resolve to do some things better too, but I since I know myself so well, I mostly resolve to rest in the grace of God.  John Newton said it best:

Through many dangers, toils, and snares,
I have already come.
Tis grace hath brought me safe thus far,
And grace will lead me home.


  1. Amen, Pastor. "My grace is sufficient!" Experience has proven that to me many times!

  2. Thanks for reading and commenting, Barbara. Grateful God's has always shown you his sufficient grace.