Pastor’s Prattle

February 2023

“Amazing Grace!  How sweet…”

All of us, at some point or another, have been in a dark place in our lives.  It may be the loss of a loved one, loss of a job, a disaster that took everything, a serious or protracted illness, a broken relationship.  Or it may just be a time of doubting and searching for meaning or purpose.  Times like these can be debilitating and faith-shaking and cause us to wonder if we will ever see the light again.

As you look back at those times, can you remember hearing just the right words, feeling just the right touch, receiving the exact blessing that you needed?  Do you remember the feeling that you had when things were resolved?  Amazing!

Know this – the person that came to you, the blessing you received, were gifts of God’s grace, Amazing Grace!  God always knows what we need, and will provide for us out of his love when he knows the time is right.  “God is love” (I John 4:8), and he cannot act in any other way toward us.  Our lives are filled with his Amazing Grace.

However, the grace that we experience in our daily lives is nothing compared to the grace that he has shown to us through Jesus Christ.  The greatest darkness in our lives is the darkness of sin that threatens to doom us for eternity.  Jesus, the Light of the world, came to dispel that darkness.  John goes on (v.9), “In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him.”  Amazing Grace!

“Amazing Grace” will be our focus during Lent this spring.  I’m not talking about the hymn, although that will find its way in.  On Wednesday evenings and in the Monday morning Bible class, we will experience the grace of God in the lives of Biblical characters whose serious need was met by God’s grace.  Our Lenten devotional book will focus our attention on the many ways God’s grace meets us in our lives.  All of this will reach its climax during Holy Week, when we see once again just how much we are worth to God and how much his grace cost.

Let me encourage you to take advantage of the opportunities to experience the love of God in your life, as he reminds us all that nothing else in this life compares with his sweet, Amazing Grace!

Pastor Jim