From the fullness of His grace, we have all received one blessing after another. For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. No one has ever seen God, but God the One and Only, who is at the Father’s side, has made him known. John 1: 16 – 18
It was a long drive home from Nashville after visiting Scott and Emily for a few days. We stopped often to walk and eat (way too many times!), we took turns driving and taking naps, we read and listened to music, and we talked about the things of life and how much we missed our boys. But still, it seemed to take forever!
Why do trips always seem much more relaxing on the way than on the way back? But of course, on this one, I always get a little sad when we leave because I know how long it will be before I see them again. But like always, I soon realized it would be good to get home, and I was so grateful for the time we had had together.
I began to think of God’s goodness to us for giving us these special times, and the phrase “count your blessings” came to mind. With all this time on my hands, I began to write down some of our blessings and the many ways God has shown His grace to our family in life-changing ways. It made me realize once again how very different our lives could have been through the years! I felt overwhelmed by His abundant grace and goodness to us – so much more than we deserve. But that is the beauty of God’s mercy and grace. There is no way we could ever earn it, but yet in His love for us, He gives it freely and often.
The Old Testament tells the story of how difficult and impossible it was for God’s people to follow every letter of the law as given through Moses. A Savior was needed to redeem us, so God sent His Son. Through his life and death, Jesus Christ set us free from sin and death. As Christians, we strive to live righteous lives through Him, not because we have to, but because we desire to be obedient and to show our love and gratitude to Him. His grace and truth has already saved us. The gift of the cross, the gift of eternal life is ours from the fullness of His grace.
Our God has been made known to us through His One and Only Son, Jesus Christ. It is only through the Son that we can truly know about God’s divine essence and fully understand His love for us. What goodness and mercy He gives.
Dear Lord, we know we can’t begin to remember and list all the ways you have shown your mercy and love to us, but we thank you for the gift of life, for all our many blessings, and for the hope that we can find in you. Amen