History is full of violence and horror, like when Cain killed his brother or Stephen was stoned to death. Plagues and floods, fires and starvation populate the unmarked graves of time. Yet in the midst of wars and droughts and bitterness and hatred, a stronger force emerges: Grace. God's grace for Cain, Stephen's prayer for his attackers, the people who have gathered to support and protect and encourage those affected by natural disasters and human oppression.
Growing up with Sonlight, I learned from first-hand accounts how grace works. Grace from God to us and God's grace given through others to those in need. The men and women we read about -- and so lived life with them -- taught me much about grace. It doesn't take long in a person's story to encounter places where they have needed God's loving-kindness and peace and joy. A few pages more and we witness opportunities to share this goodness with others, and we can learn from their choices to lavish grace or withhold it.
Today, I appreciated Natalie Witcher's post on fake grace, a brief quote from Paul David Tripp, and the post Why I Don't Believe in Grace Anymore (yes, that's link-bait, but the post is good).
Grace. I certainly need more of it, and I should let God's goodness to me spill out more as well.
May the grace of God be evident in your life today.
Filmmaker, Writer, Pseudo-Dad
P.S. If you have any interest in Millennials -- either because you are one or know a few -- I found an article my wife sent me on why Millennials aren't in church to be thought-provoking.