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Amazing Grace

 

God is everywhere. He is in a sunset, a baby’s laugh, a cup of coffee with a friend, a kiss from your 1st grader, a hug from your husband or wife.  He’s in church, He’s on the beach, He’s with you walking the dog, He’s at work.  You may feel His presence or you may not.  Just because you don’t know He’s there or you don’t believe He’s there, doesn’t change the fact that He is there. 

 I went to a conference once and I heard a woman talk about God.  She said she found a lump and went in for a biopsy and then had to wait for the doctor to call her to tell her if she had cancer.  She said she kept telling herself, “Whether you get the news you hope for or the news you dread, God’s grace is the same.”  Then she repeated that same quote about three more times.  This was about 10 years ago and I have never forgotten it.

She said it with such conviction.  You could have heard a pin drop in the large arena filled with thousands of people.  I imagine everyone else was doing what I was doing… wondering if they could really believe those words if they were waiting for that same phone call.    

I’ve thought of these words of wisdom many times since then.  I’ve thought of them when I’ve gotten bad news.  I’ve thought of them when I’ve been waiting for the phone to ring.  I’ve thought of them when my friends have gotten bad news.  I’ve thought of them when people I love have died.  What I now realize is that even when I have changed, God has not. 

And now I believe…

On a good and sunny day, when all is well with the ones you love, God’s grace is the same.

When there is uncertainty in life, God’s grace is the same.

When all of your kids are safe and happy and healthy, God’s grace is the same.

When the world is literally turned upside down and the fear is debilitating, God’s grace is the same. 

When there’s good news of a new baby, a graduation, a promotion, God’s grace is the same.

When the night is dark and your heart is heavy with worry and doubt, God’s grace is the same. 

When I’ve made a mistake and I need to be forgiven, God’s grace is the same.

When someone I love has died, God’s grace is the same. 

Whether you get the news you hoped for, or the news you dread, God’s grace is the same.

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Mediator

The other day I heard Jesus called, “the mediator of the new covenant”.  I love those words. 

 What is a mediator? 

I looked it up and it means a person who intervenes to bring agreement among people who are in a dispute. 

Sounds like a peacemaker.

This makes me think of my favorite prayer. I wear a bracelet with the  Prayer of St. Francis on it so every day I’m reminded of my role in this world.

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.                         
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
Where there is injury, pardon;
Where there is doubt, faith;
Where there is despair, hope;
Where there is darkness, light;  
Where there is sadness, joy.

 

Oh Divine Master,
Grant that I may not so much seek
To be consoled, as to console;
To be understood as to understand;
To be loved, as to love;
For it is in giving that we receive;
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
And it is in dying that we are born to eternal life. 

 

Have you ever thought of yourself as an instrument of peace?  Do you know you can bring pardon, faith, hope, light and joy to the world?  Are you a mediator? 

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