Listen to this devotional:
Listen while you read: "Gentle Jesus Meek And Mild"1 (Lyrics)
1 Corinthians 15:10a – But by the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace to me was not without effect. (NIV)
On Sunday mornings, I get to experience one of the best views in church from the pulpit. I see the entire worshipping congregation, and as I scan the people in the pews, I think about their struggles and stories and about how the amazing grace of God has been and is still working in their lives.
I see people who are grieving the loss of loved ones, but in the midst of their heartache, they still hold on to the love of God.
I see folks who are undergoing serious medical tests or recovering from surgery, who have placed their prayers and their lives into God's healing hands.
I see parents who are bringing up their kids in the best ways that they can, nurturing them in the Christian faith, and depending on God to provide them with encouragement and support.
I see people whose marriages are crumbling, and they are struggling to maintain a sense of identity and security, praying to God for help and guidance.
I see single people who devote much of their time to the well-being of others, serving God in the missions and programs of our church.
I see college students whose dreams are only just beginning and whose hard work and determination will bring about what they seek to do with their lives and how they can serve God in the world.
I see young people who are still at school, trying to do the best that they can and experiencing many new things in life. They still have that beautiful wonder of God and life which encourages and delights the whole church.
I see and hear the infants, toddlers, and babies in our church, and my heart is glad that they can find an extended loving family here.
I see the grace of God in all of these things and in all of these good people, and it humbles me. The grace of God is evident in all of our lives and it is constantly amazing.
Questions for personal reflection:
How do I experience the grace of God in my life? Where do I see it existing in the lives of others?
Prayer: Loving God, Your grace is amazing and we are constantly astounded by its presence in our lives. Sustain our wonder of Your works and our love of our Lord. Be with us and bless all our loved ones this day. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.