“Let us therefore approach the throne of grace with boldness, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” (Hebrews 4:16, NRSV)
There is only one thing that limits God’s grace—us! The degree to which we receive God’s grace is directly proportional to our desire to receive God’s grace. There is nothing we have ever done or anything we have yet to do that is beyond the scope of God’s grace to forgive. The only limiting factor is whether or not we want to receive it.
“If then there is any encouragement in Christ, any consolation from love, any sharing in the Spirit, any compassion and sympathy, make my joy complete: be of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind.” (Philippians 2:1-2, NRSV)
Last Friday night Ann and I had dinner out. The weather was perfect, and so we were seated outside to enjoy the night air. We enjoy long dinners with lots of conversation about a variety of topics. In our busy lives, it’s one of the times that we can have each other’s undivided attention. At a table not too far from ours, there was another couple. They weren’t talking. They were both looking at their phones. I wish I had timed how long it was before any eye-to-eye dialogue took place. It would have been minutes at least.
“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.” (Psalm 46:1, NRSV)
The continuing tragedy of Hurricane/Tropical Storm Harvey is heartbreaking. Many of us know people in the areas of Texas that have been impacted by this disaster. I feel helpless at this point to provide care for my stepdaughter, Isabel, and her family who live in Houston. So far, so good. All we can do is wait. And pray!
“When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars that you have established; what are human beings that you are mindful of them, mortals that you care for them?” (Psalm 8:3-4, NRSV)
Ann and I took a road trip this past Monday to Gallatin, Tennessee to experience the solar eclipse.
“You were taught to put away your former way of life, your old self, corrupt and deluded by its lusts, and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, and to clothe yourselves with the new self, created according to the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.” (Ephesians 4:22-24, NRSV)
A new school year is upon us, and for all those who are back in school, it’s a clean slate. Whatever happened last year is old news. You have a chance to start again.