It Takes Grace

LonIf you’re like me, you're looking for something a bit on the lighter side these days.  Not that all of us shouldn’t be keeping up with all the negative things going on, but there is a point where I need a counter-point - something for my mind and spirit to relax with and enjoy without having to over-think.

Most of my newsletter articles are titled “It Takes Grace.”  That’s an acknowledgment on my part that whatever issues we face, we need to be looking to see what God sees and then respond the way we believe God would respond.  You might remember a couple decades back, the phrase “WWJD” (What Would Jesus Do?).  Not a bad way of approaching life.  But even more interesting to me is the question God might ask of Christians, “Knowing Who Jesus Is In Your Life, What Are You Going To Do?”  I kind of doubt that “KWJIIYLWAYGTD” would catch on because the bracelet would be too big.  But if we looked at more of life from God’s perspective, maybe then we all might live together, relying on His love always and His grace continually as we go forward - together in Christ.

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