Saturday, December 26, 2015

The Grace of God Has Appeared!

From our Christmas Eve Candlelight Service, a response to Titus 2:11-14. Perhaps it will resonate with some of you. 

For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all, training us to renounce impiety and worldly passions, and in the present age to live lives that are self-controlled, upright, and godly, while we wait for the blessed hope and the manifestation of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ. He it is who gave himself for us that he might redeem us from all iniquity and purify for himself a people of his own who are zealous for good deeds.         Titus 2:11-14 NRSV

The Grace of God has appeared. 
I didn't deserve it. I didn't expect it. I didn't even believe it. 
But it came. 
It came freely. It came like a mighty rushing wave. It came in a breath, a smile, a note.
It came like a mother's reassuring glance. 
She told me I was enough. I was beautiful. I was worthy. I was loved. 
And that I was going to make it.
The grace of God has appeared. She brought salvation.
Freedom. Liberation. Wholeness. Salvation.
Peace. Love. Joy. Hope. 
Blessed Hope. 
God puts on human skin and my humanity dances with the divine. 
Manifestation of God's great glory. 
Jesus. Me. You. Us. 
Divine and human all mixed up in this beautiful mess we call life. 
We get it right. 
We get it wrong. 
And over and over, 
the grace of God appears. 
Thanks be to God!

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