Tuesday, 30 December 2008

Grace as the sun sets on the year

sunset of the year The last few posts on Grace have led up to this one image.  As the year draws to a close it seems to me that our need of Grace is as strong as our need for oxygen. When the sun finally sets on the year each of us will have much to reflect upon. Looking back I hope we can see the patterns and textures of Grace right in amongst the difficult and distressing stuff we have lived through.  Sometimes such Grace may seem as fragile and transitory as the sun lighting up the edges of a black cloud. At other times it comes with the breathtaking beauty of the dawn on a warm, blue sky summer's morning. Grace, that gift of unconditional love which accepts and holds us through our best and worst moments, has been at work in us and through us like oxygen in our cells. We are different because of it.

So as the sun goes down on New Year's Eve and 2008 draws to its close I find much peace knowing that Grace will be as certain as the sunrise on New Year's Day. This precious oxygen of divine love is but a breath of awareness away.

We know how much God loves us, and we have put our trust in his love.  God is love, and all who live in love live in God, and God lives in them     (1 John 4:16  New Living Bible)

This is how we know we're living steadily and deeply in him, and he in us: He's given us life from his life, from his very own Spirit.... We know it so well, we've embraced it heart and soul, this love that comes from God. ( The Message)

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