Go forward with God’s grace

Some years ago, two friends and I were hiking in the Dolomites in Italy. Just a few steps up the trail, my friends sped up and left me behind. Unhelpfully, my thoughts began circling around the question, “Why me?” Suddenly, I stumbled, twisted my ankle, and fell.

When my friends and I reconnected and got back to the hotel, I recognized that I had to change my self-focused thinking. When things don’t turn out well, we can’t turn our back on God, good. I had experienced before that God’s ever-present grace is sufficient to help in all kinds of situations.

The Bible mentions the word grace over 150 times. Multiple letters that the Apostle Paul wrote open with this greeting: “Grace be to you and peace from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.” Paul also urges followers not to dismiss the gift of God’s grace.

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