grace card

“Make sure that no one misses out on God’s grace. “

Hebrews 12: 15a

Grace.  understanding love, God’s love, begins with understanding “grace”.  Grace by definition is unmerited, undeserved, and given only in love.  God’s grace is freely given because God love us.  Grace is the roots of the tree of faith for followers of Jesus.

If someone asked me to give my “elevator speech”, two minutes or less about what I believe about God, it would center on this theme – God’s love, God’s grace, shown to us through God’s son, Jesus on the cross.  The fact that God loves us enough to step out of the comforts of heaven and into our mess, our violence, our greed, our selfishness, and become one of us, to let us know that God has always loved us and always will.  The proof is in the love and grace.

Having been shown that kind of grace and mercy, we are invited and challenged to do the same, to let nothing get in our way our come between our God and God’s love for us, that is, to be rooted in grace.  The reminder in today’s scripture is to “Make sure that no one misses out God’s grace.”

Know this, remember this, hear it for the first time or hear it again, God loves you.  God’s has a storehouse full of endless grace for you.  You are loved, not because you are good enough, or wise enough, or great at something; you are loved just because God chooses to love you.  Out of that love, God chooses to grace you again and again.

May that love and grace, God’s love and grace, inspire you to share love and grace with everyone you meet so that no one misses out on the greatest gift ever given.

Prayer:  Lord, thank you for your grace and love.  Thank you for loving me when I thought I was beyond loveable.  Thank you for your grace that restores my soul and frees me to share that same love and grace with the world.  Amen.