"See to it that no one misses the grace of God and that no bitter root grows up to cause trouble and defile many."
~ Hebrews 12:15
"I'll bet you know a lot about death?"
Yesterday I was spending time with a woman who will be one hundred years old next week. We were meeting for the first time, and were getting to know one another. I responded, "I bet you know a lot about life."
She just smiled and said, "At my age, I know a lot about both."
I then asked what advice would you give someone about living and dying and her response just flowed out. "You've got to know something about grace to do both well."
She definitely is a wise person. Years ago I learned that the will of God will never lead us where God's grace will not sustain us.
In living and dying, grace is the piece that brings us to the reality that God loves each of us unconditionally. It is the person who finds the worth in an old dirty penny on the street and reaches down and picks it up. It may take a lot of those to have any particular worth in the world today, but to God, each of us possess amazing value.
I'm not comparing us to old, dirty pennies, but for many wounded people, they see themselves as having "less value," than others.
Being a child of God means that each of us have worth. God's grace provides for each of us.
I loved listening to this woman share of the events in her life over the past century. They were filled with many milestones. As we closed our visit, she once again reminded, "And don't forget, God's grace is always sufficient. To this day I don't understand how all of this works. I just know in my heart that it is."
Stay in God's grip!
G. Todd Williams (c) 2018
Rev. G. Todd Williams lives in the Houston metro area and is a Hospice Chaplain and ordained Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) pastor.