Experiencing Grace (7 January 2019)

Morning Encounter:

Introduction

Our theme this week is grace: the freely given and undeserved love of God. It’s tempting to talk about grace as though it were some mysterious theological substance; just as uranium somehow makes nuclear reactors work, so grace somehow makes salvation happen. But grace is far more commonplace and everyday than this. Grace is what keeps the stars shining and the world spinning; it’s what gives us life and breath and another day on this earth; it’s the foundation of our relationships with one another and with God; and it’s what transforms us into the likeness of Jesus a little more every day.

Read

You are the one who put me together inside my mother’s body,
and I praise you because of the wonderful way you created me.
Everything you do is marvellous!
Of this I have no doubt.
Nothing about me is hidden from you!
I was secretly woven together deep in the earth below,
but with your own eyes you saw my body being formed.
Even before I was born, you had written in your book everything I would do.
(Psalm 139. 13-16)

Reflect

To wake up in the morning is to experience grace: every moment of our life is a gift from God. Grace isn’t only the foundation of our spiritual life, but of our whole existence. And you are a gift of grace too. Not one single day of your life is of your own making: it is all given to you, freely, without you having to earn as much as a single second. Today is God’s gift to you - and you are God’s gift to today!

Respond

Two or three times today, stop what you’re doing and look around. Be aware of everything and everyone surrounding you. If all this - in all its business and messiness - is really God’s grace, God’s gift, how would you choose to respond to it?

Midday Meditation:

“As we rejoice in the gift of this new day,
so may the light of your presence, O God,
set our hearts on fire with love for you.”
(Common Worship)

Evening Reflection:

Think back over the events of the day. What were you able to receive as a gift from God? Where did you experience grace - even if you didn’t realise it at the time?

“For all that has been: Thank you. To all that shall be: Yes!”
(Dag Hammarskjöld)

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