Monday, December 12, 2016

Grace After Grace


The more we suffer, the greater our capacity to recognize grace in the ordinary.

It's not until we've been truly hungry that we delight in the simplest meal. When we're weary and sore, bedtime comes as the sweetest balm. It's not until we've gone without hot water for an extended period of time that a shower feels like a miracle. Only after we've experienced disaster do we relish the sane quiet of another ordinary day.

This is the alchemy by which our Father converts temporary suffering to long-term joy. And in all ways our example, Christ is the firstfruits.

The Word became flesh
and took up residence among us.
We observed His glory,
the glory as the One and Only Son from the Father,
full of grace and truth...
Indeed, we have all received grace after grace
from His fullness,
for although the law was given through Moses;
grace and truth come through Jesus Christ.
John 1:14, 16-17

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