A mid summer’s night, with brilliant colors making their last appearance, defined grace that evening. The mountains provided a backdrop for a grace story to transform. In looking further, you would see three people gathering on the porch of a log cabin, standing or sitting in wooden rockers, watching God’s final goodbye to the day as the colors faded across the sky. The three people were family and their stories intersected more closely as the conversation opened hearts, minds and souls to accepting grace.

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When hearts open and spill out the mess that has marked each person, many things could happen. The mess could be swept back up neatly as if it didn’t exist to begin with or it could be acknowledged and transformed into a beautiful beginning.

This was my story of grace. My mess was unwrapped one piece at a time and redeemed through forgiveness and grace. My past was not welcome to remain in the present. As part of my family gathered around me, I poured out each messy piece that seemed unforgivable and I was met in a loving embrace woven with prayer. This is grace defined. This is God taking our brokenness and showing us we are a new creation. What once was old has become new!

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Grace is a gift. It is a washing away of the past and becoming new. Grace is new beginnings. Max Lucado has written about grace. Here is one of his perspectives.

We talk as though we know what grace means. But do we really understand it? Have we settled for a wimpy grace? Grace has a drenching about it. A wildness about it. A white-water, riptide turn-you-upside-downness about it. Grace comes after you. It rewires you. From insecure to God secure. Couldn’t you use more grace like this?

I said “yes” to grace that summer evening and in return my past mistakes were erased by forgiveness. In this time of preparation, we have a choice to make. A decision as to whether we want this grace gift in our own lives. A reckoning with ourselves and God that His love is the best gift we could ever receive. Grace defined me and erased my past so I could walk freely into the future.

Will you take some time today to allow God to embrace your hurt and brokenness? Will you let Him cover you with His healing grace and love?

I am praying for all of you today as we journey toward Christmas. May you give the past to God and walk into the future knowing you are forgiven and redeemed.

In grace and peace,


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