Grace … receive it, extend it

My mom, my sister and my great niece were with my nephew Jacil when he passed away.  As he breathed his last – my mom went into grace mode.  She started telling the medical personnel that were in that room that they needed to know Jesus.  That if they didn’t know Him they’d better get to know him. That if they did not know him they would be going to hell.  She didn’t invite them to follow her — she exhorted them to follow Jesus.  My mom has a deep understanding of what it means to be an image bearer and an extender of grace. Even in a time of intense loss — what was on her mind was that she was leaning on an Ever Present Help that the medical personnel just might not have had!  She knew that the one thing she had to give them was the truth of the gospel – the doorway to His grace.

Truth is, He extended grace to us – not for our own sake – but for his glory! His unmerited favor was meant to send us on a passionate quest for the lost among every nation, introducing them to the truth of the gospel and leading them to become disciples of Christ – not replicas of us! His grace is amazing indeed – so spread the word! The nations live all around you – tell someone who doesn’t know so that they too might believe and walk in obedient faith and abundant life!

“through whom we have received grace and apostleship to bring about the obedience of faith among all the Gentiles for His name’s sake”

Romans 1:5

Loss … Joy

This week I experienced the loss of two men who were very dear to my heart.

  • One is a distant relation who I considered a 2nd father; the other is my nephew, who was raised as my brother.
  • One was older and ready to meet his Savior; the other was not even 60 and was in a fight for his life.
  • Both were fathers of girls.
  • Both were strong believers in Jesus Christ.
  • Both left an impression on you if they met you.
  • Both lived lives of service to others.
  • Both had vocations of service.
  • Both were dedicated to the ministries of the local church.
  • Both were very dear to my heart.
  • Both succumbed to CANCER.

My tears just keep flowing. My eyes ache. My heart is heavy.

But… the laughter keeps popping up as I remember; gratefulness is oozing from my pores because I’m so glad God allowed them to be such an integral part of my life; and, my heart sings because I know that both of them will be spending eternity with the Savior that they loved!!

Yes indeed … The Lord has given AND their pain He has taken away.

Blessed be the Name of the Lord!!