Welcome to your morning coffee! May our Heavenly Father help us to become more aware of His grace over our lives. Father, your grace on us is so great that, at times, we cannot see it. We are too close, too covered, too immersed in its depths. And so we lose sight of your grace, Father, and forget your grace. Is it any surprise, Father, that we so often and so easily forget to show each other grace as you have shown us grace? Heavenly Father, in the name of your son Jesus, and by the power of the Spirit, remind us of who we are and whose we are. Thank you Father! Amen.
Your Morning Song: "Little Drummer Boy" -- for King & Country
Your Morning Scripture: Romans 3:23
For all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.
I prayed for someone while driving recently. No, I didn't close my eyes. And no, I didn't want to pray for them. They drove dangerously. They didn't seem to really care about the rest of us around them. And in the past, I would have sighed deeply and grumbled as I went my own way. But this time I prayed for them, that God would keep them safe, even if it was safe from themselves.
I can't remember if I'd ever done that before.
Why did I do that? Ultimately it was the Holy Spirit, nudging me towards Himself. But instead of being offended and frustrated by this selfish, dangerous driver, I saw myself. How different am I? Without the work of Christ? No different.
And that would be something helpful for us to remember this Christmas season. Everyone has fallen short of the glory of God. And the garden of our thought-life should be beautiful with the grace of God mirrored in our own internal dialogue.
Yes, we ought to treat others with grace with what we say and do. But let's take it even deeper, and submit our thoughts to God's grace and patience as well. We are, each of us, going to make mistakes this Christmas season. We are going to be selfish. We are going to miss the mark. We are, all of us, going to fall short.
And as we rest in God's alien, perfect, unbelievable grace, let us share it with each other, with family, with friends, with acquaintances, and with strangers on the highway.