Chain of Grace

We don’t always get it right.  We meaning me, Denny, our kids.  In fact, all it would take is about ten minutes with us, and I’m pretty certain even in that small time frame, you’d get glimpses into our imperfections.  But…every once in a while… one of us gets something right.  We’ve witnessed that recently in our daughter, Maren. 

While in the middle of one of the biggest transitions of her life (physically, mentally, and emotionally preparing to move out/start college) we have watched as Maren has selflessly set her own agenda aside so that she could walk alongside a  family member who is struggling.

She has taken time off from work, used her Saturdays and Sundays, spent countless hours to help this loved one fill out disability papers, make sure that she had the proper funding so she could buy groceries, dig up all of her previous medical expenses so that the loved one could turn them in and get reimbursed.  Maren has risen to the occasion with a level of maturity that has been astounding…and the most mature thing is that she has not complained one time while doing it.

No one asked her to do this.  She saw that someone she loves was in need, and she chose to show her Grace, to help her in her time of need, simply because she wanted to.

In Western Christian theology, grace has been defined, not as a created substance of any kind, but as “the love and mercy given to us by God because God desires us to have it, not because of anything we have done to earn it”  From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

As much as this blog post sounds  like it’s about Maren, it’s really not.   Ultimately, it’s about God’s grace.  Watching Maren extend grace, has been a visual reminder to me of what Christ has done for us.

Ephesians 2:8-9

God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it.

We believe that we are all saved the same way, by the undeserved grace of the Lord Jesus.”

None of us are worthy of His grace…none of us deserve it.  It’s a gift that He extends to us when we believe that Jesus is who He says He is.

We don’t have to be “good” enough for it.  In fact, the Word says that “While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”

New International Version
But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8

Maybe it would make it more clear to think of it like this:

While you were committing adultry, Christ loved you enough to die for you.

While you were stealing, Christ loved you enough to die for you.

While you were_______(fill in the blank), Christ  loved you enough to die for you.

Believe in Him.  Believe He is who He says He is.  Accept the Grace, then extend grace to others.

How beautiful the Chain of Grace.

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