We have just finished a season of giving – and receiving. As I get older (I just celebrated my 71st birthday) my focus is less and less on “stuff” for presents and more on giving “experiences”.
This desire has backfired recently. Our daughter told me her son said “Nana always gives us a present, then we don’t get to do it”
Full disclosure – So, three years ago we scheduled NASCAR Go-Cart rides for all the grandkids but had to cancel because some family members had COVID and some couldn’t travel because of COVID. (we did get to ride go-carts together this summer – just two and one-half years later) Then last year we planned to go snow tubing – but it was raining so we all went to an indoors play center with trampolines, games, and simulated rides. This year we again planned to go snow tubing but it was 14 degrees and everyone felt that it was TOO cold. That is when our grandson made the above statement. For children a delayed experience may seem like it never happens. (we ended up giving them money – a last resort)
This got me thinking about receiving God’s grace. It is clearly a gift, scripture mentions that fact repeatedly. Grace is unmerited favor and God gives us grace – not because we have
- earned it
- deserved it
- paid for it
- said the correct words
- worn the correct clothes
- served the poor
- prayed enough
You get the idea. NOTHING I do can merit God’s matchless, unconditional grace.
Ephesians 2:8-9 says –
8 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves,
it is the gift of God – 9 not by works, so that no one can boast.
God’s grace is a gift.
His grace keeps on giving.
Unlike Nana’s gifts that sometimes change at the last minute or are delayed because of weather, God’s gift of grace is eternal. It never expires or is canceled. It is never late or misplaced.
God’s grace is the perfect gift.
Just as God has extended His grace to us, may we extend His grace to others this year.
Blessings in the New Year – 2023!
We did get in snow tubing on December 29th. It was cold, but not 14 degrees!