Psalm 77; Job 4:1-21; Ephesians 2:1-10
I yell out to my God, I yell with all my might, I yell at the top of my lungs. He listens.
I’m not sure that there is a more comforting phrase for me in all the Scriptures than, “He listens.”
“He listens,” is a complete sentence.
It is remarkable to me that when I cry out to the Divine the Divine listens. I am constantly on a quest to understand what amazing grace means. As I sit here this morning with many things on my heart and my mind, I am struck by the reality that it is amazing grace that God listens.
Why would God listen to me? What is it about me that God would take any notice? Why would God care about what I have to say?
Because God loves me.
I love my children with all of who I am. When they talk, I listen. Even when they were small and couldn’t speak coherently I took great joy in listening to their rambling and mumbling. I don’t know anyone who ignores a baby that is talking to them, particularly when it’s your own child.
I imagine this must be what it’s like for God. This Creator God, the holy one, the sustainer of the universe, loves his creation without condition. This love, apparently, leads God to this place of intimacy where God listens.
This morning I’m pondering this question, “Do I really believe that God listens because he loves me?”
Good morning! May you start your week well knowing your identity is not tied to your accomplishments. #MorningMug #MorningBlessing
Good morning! May you connect deeply with people who genuinely care about you today. #MorningMug #MorningBlessing
Good morning! May you do something today that brings you joy. #MorningMug #MorningBlessing
High school hoops! Go Splitters!
This majestic crane was just hanging out on the pier. The crane had no cares in the world. 📷
Good morning! May you know the joy that comes from a job well done today. #MorningBlessings #MorningMug
One Who Receives Grace
Psalm 25:1-10; Daniel 9:1-14; 1 John 1:3-10
This passage from 1 John almost feels contradictory.
On the one hand, if we claim to be in the light but still bounce around in darkness we are liars. One the other hand, if we claim to be without sin then we are also liars.
It almost seems hopeless, doesn’t it?
How can someone be in the light and still be struggling with sin? Aren’t we supposed to be perfect and holy? Aren’t we supposed to be free from the darkness?
This to me is the beauty of the Way of Christ. There is a standard that we are called to, a standard of holiness in the light. Yet, there is a reality that we will not be perfect and we will struggle with things. The Way of Christ simply says, “Own it. Embrace the reality that you need grace, forgiveness, and mercy."
To be in the light is not to be perfect. To be in the light is to be honest. To live with integrity. To be one who acknowledges one’s own imperfection.
To be one who receives grace.
What an overwhelming thought! To be in the way of Christ is to be one who receives grace. To be in the way of Christ is not to be perfect, it is not to have it all together, it is recognize that I don’t have it all together and nobody else does either.
So, grace abounds!
Good morning! May you extend kindness to someone whom you just don’t think deserves it today. #MorningMug #MorningBlessing
I’m grateful she still likes me.
Good morning! May you know in the midst of your humanity that within you resides the image of the divine. #MorningMug #MorningBlessing
Do you agree with Eckhart Tolle here? I am curious what people think about this. Is there always a lesson?
Whenever something negative happens to you, there is a deep lesson concealed within it.
— Eckhart Tolle
I love this place. Every time we come here, I never want to leave. #grateful 📷
This made me chuckle a bit too hard.
I’m so thankful to have been able to share our “happy place” with my mom this week. Dennis and Jeanne, Amy’s folks, are such kind and gracious hosts.
Mom wanted to do one thing for while she was here, to put her toes in the ocean. So we took care of that this afternoon under a beautiful Panama City Beach sky.
Good morning! May you not miss the forest for the trees today. #MorningBlessing #MorningMug
Whew! This is a quote…
The heart has its reasons which reason knows not of.
— Blaise Pascal
The sunsets here in Panama City Beach are just something else!