Covered By Grace

“…poured out his abundant grace…”

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And our Lord poured out his abundant grace on me and gave me the faith and love which are ours in union with Christ Jesus.  (I Timothy 1:15)

At the end of last summer my string trimmer overheated and stubbornly refused to let me finish cutting the rest of the tall weeds on the steep hillside beside my house.  Before I could get the trimmer fixed fall morphed into winter and the weeds remained.  (I’ve still got to get the trimmer fixed.)  The weeds don’t really bother me that much but it bothers me knowing that it probably bothers others.  Last week we had a pretty decent ice storm that transformed the weeds into a work of art.  I was busy during the day and didn’t get the opportunity to take many photos, so I went outside after dark and snapped the one above with a long exposure and a little help from the garage light reflecting on the hillside.  The ugliness from my neglect was transformed into a strange sort of beauty by God’s covering it with shimmering ice.

When we contemplate our “sins” we usually focus more on the things we’ve done that need forgiveness.  Often I find that it’s the things I’ve left undone that cause me the most grief – my sins of omission.  I think of the things I could have done as a pastor – all the visits I could have made, the phone calls I could have made, the extra sermon preparation time I could have spent…  If I let myself I can even go further with it and think of all the things I might have done as a father, a husband, a son, a brother, a friend…  Oh, trust me,  I contemplate the hurtful things I’ve done and ask forgiveness, but I really think that it’s often the things I feel I’ve left undone that cause me the most pain and seem so ugly.    So… I see these weeds, one example of my “undone sins” that God has transformed, and I think, “Yes, it’s true… God’s grace can cover all my sins — even the ‘undone’ — my sins of omission.  Once more I feel the relief, peace, and hope of this grace that keeps me from getting stuck in my regret.  God’s grace can cover — just ask.

I pray that God will remind me of divine grace when I find my self stuck on my “undone.”  How about you?

Blessings and Peace,
Gary, Pastor
Sand Hill United Methodist Church
Boaz, West Virginia

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~ by revgenelson on February 1, 2012.

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