The last week of Re-Run summer! There were pretty many others that were requested, so if I didn’t get to all of yours, please forgive me. This one is from October 29, 2015.
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Recently I have been reminded that I have some pretty awesome family members. Quirky — even eccentric — but quite awesome.
Last week on my FB page one of my cousins wrote this:
…then, I share what some of my wise teachers have asked…”what if God loved you right now just as you are and there was nowhere to go and nothing to do?” May we all know that we are totally loved by God with no need to better ourselves.
What if, indeed. This is precisely what God’s grace looks like. Not needing to do something more, be something more, achieve something more. Not afraid that we won’t get something right. Not fearful of a judgment that is coming our way. Just love and dreams and gifts — all for us.
See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!1 John 3:1
This is, of course, what Martin Luther discovered nearly 500 years ago right before the start of The Reformation — that he was loved completely, totally, and freely. In fact, once he grasped this loved concept of grace, he was able to write this:
Faith is a living, daring confidence in God’s grace, so sure and certain that a man could stake his life on it a thousand times.
What would it be like to live there? To live in the sure and certain hope of God’s abiding grace? How might our lives be bolder, freer, more grace-filled themselves?