Do you have a pastor that is special to you? I’ve been blessed to have multiple pastors who have invested in my life and are dear to me. After sharing with you yesterday about Reverend Frank Edwards, I received his Christmas card and letter in the mail. I’ve decided to defer to him today and share a portion of his Christmas letter with you this morning.
As Christmas again draws near I’ve been thinking about “the word made flesh” passage with which the Gospel of John begins (John 1:1-18). The verse that my mind has centered on is verse 16 – “From His fullness we have all received grace upon grace.” I find that to be a wonderful description of the Christian life- “grace and more grace.” I wonder if maybe John Newton was thinking of this verse when he wrote his hymn- “Amazing Grace.” It is grace at the beginning- “grace that taught my heart to fear and grace my fears relieved:” – grace that makes us aware of the need for something more and grace that provides the something more that is needed. It is grace that keeps us going on in the Christian way – “through many dangers, toils, and snares I have already come. ‘Tis grace has brought me safe thus far and grace will lead me home.” Grace at the beginning, Grace thus far on the journey, and Grace all the way home- such is the nature of the Christian life. Thanks be to God!
Now you see why I love Frank so much. Thank you for allowing me the opportunity to honor him and share his message with you.
No matter where you are in life, whatever stage you’re in, His grace is available. May you always remember 2 Corinthians 12:9,
My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is made perfect in weakness.”