At the heart of walking with God is the calling to be people who partner with God in showing grace to others. The thing about grace is it’s our own experiences of grace that make us most equipped to show grace to others. Yet the reality is that for many of us it is really easy to forget how much grace we’ve been shown. As Charles Siburt used to say, “You think you hit a home run. Do you not realize you were born on third base?” So before we begin trying to live into this calling to join God in showing grace, it’s worth taking time to recount the many gifts of grace we’ve received from God.
Thy Mercy, My God
Take a few moments to listen to this beautiful hymn by Sandra McCracken, and then spend some time meditating on the ways in which you’ve experienced God’s mercy.
When we know deep down in our being the degree to which we owe our very existence to the grace of God, we begin to be able to lean into God’s calling to be partners in showing grace to others. That doesn’t mean it will be easy. But if we are willing to try, God will find a way to work with and through our willingness, just as the testimonies in these videos reveal.
Forgiveness – The Mary Johnson Story
Questions for Reflection:
1. In what ways do the testimonies of these women unsettle you?
2. In what ways do the testimonies of these women inspire you?
3. Who is someone to whom you need to show grace? What can you do to take a step toward showing them grace this week?
Hope in the Dark Playlist
The story of Jonah is the story of a journey towards transformation. If you haven’t done so already, check out this carefully curated playlist of songs that trace the trajectory of this journey.