Jesus' Mercy Changes Me, We and the World

Love and Grace Beyond Reason

Nothing in our world is a given, except for the Love of God.  Most of what we encounter daily is unsteady.  Technology changes so rapidly, we can’t keep up.  We see it’s effect on how we interact with our family and friends.  Globally, we see how it touches our lives, often for the well- being of many and recently to help propagate devisiveness.  What we feel is the norm is changing.  We are being challenged to see the uniqueness, in our family members, friends, different races and cultures.  Change around the world and in our western culture invoke in us deep feelings, magnified by the worldwide pandemic.

The Apostle Paul sends out a call to unity, in his letter to the Ephesians. 

“I, a prisoner for serving the Lord, beg you to live a life worthy of your calling, for you have been called by God.  Always be humble and gentle.  Be patient with each other, making allowance for each other’s faults because of your love.  Make every effort to keep yourselves united in the Spirit, binding yourselves together with peace.  For there is one body and one Spirit, just as you have been called to one glorious hope for the future.

There is one Lord, one faith,

one baptism,

one God and Father of all, 

who is over all, in all, and living 

through all.

However, he has given each one of us a special gift through the generosity of Christ.  That is why the scriptures say,

“When he ascended to the

heights, 

he led a crowd of captives 

and gave gifts to his 

People.”  Eph 4: 1-8

What was the last gift you received from God?  Was it sin forgiven, prayer answered, joy, peace, patience, direction given?  How will you respond to such mercy and grace?

Abba God,

You never blink.  Nothing is ever wasted.  You have made us in such a way, that the relationships you have given us, will be everlasting.  For the well of grace we dip into daily, we are so grateful.  Write the desire on our hearts to pass this wondrous gift to others.  The world, all creation Lord, cries out for your loving, healing touch. May we see your kingdom as you see it, here and now. Amen

Lois Autterson