February 26, 2021

THE FLOWERING OF GRACE (February 26, 2021)

The words were angry, tight and cold. We spat out syllables designed to wound, expose, pronounce, condemn.
 
And then we crouch behind dark curtains, grieving for the pain we’ve caused; the lack of laughter where we live; the friendships stalled or even broken. We cannot see a way back home, and time drags wearily toward night.
 
But there is light and warmth—and grace—for us. The Bible says, “God was in Christ, reconciling the world to himself, no longer counting people’s sins against them. And He gave us this wonderful message of reconciliation” (2 Cor 5:19). We reconcile when we restart the conversation pain has paused: we choose to move beyond this dry impasse into the ease and laughter we once knew. Because of grace, our friendly options flower like deserts do from nighttime rain.
 
The miracles of grace first happen to us and then through us. Because we are embraced by God, we learn the language that rebuilds: “I’m asking your forgiveness. I want us to be friends again.”
 
And somewhere God, who never pauses or desists, is smiling as we practice grace. The love that saves us makes us kind.
 
So stay in grace. -Bill Knott

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