Today’s Lenten Devotional is written by Natalie Boone. Natalie is the Assistant Director of the University Unions (BLUU and KFCB). She has worked at TCU for over 10 years. Natalie loves God, her kids, and people. She takes great pride in serving TCU students. May her words speak to you today.
“Let us not forget that God’s grace through Christ is greater than our sin, even on our worst days.” -Jerry Bridges
Readings: John 1:14, “The Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us. We have seen His glory, the glory of the one and only Son who came from the Father, full of Grace and Truth.”
2 Corinthians 12:9, “But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore, I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.”
Reflection: I’m raising two boys 11 and 13 and most days the 13-year-old gives me a run for my “Grace,” the Grace God gives and the Grace I must give him. Recently, the 13-year-old lost his phone privilege. After about five hours of no cell phone he came to my room and said, “Mom, can I have my phone back?” For about three seconds I wanted to say, “NO.” But God spoke to my heart and I said, “come and get it.” As soon as he walked back to his room I asked him, “What did I just give you?” My 11-year-old shouted, “Grace!” And, I said, “that is right my brother.”
Grace. Grace is the unmerited favor we don’t deserve. But, God still freely gives it to us. Jesus going to the Cross is the ultimate act of grace being shown to those who believe. Daily we struggle with giving ourselves and others grace. What I know for sure is we all at one point or another will need to give or have grace rest upon us. What are you doing today to show grace and loving kindness to others? As Christians, we know full well that day by day and moment by moment God is freely giving us GRACE.
Let us Pray:
Lord, we come with grateful hearts for the grace and mercy you give to us daily. Please help us to receive your grace. Holy Spirit rest in our hearts and minds so that we may show grace and love to others. As we move closer to your resurrection we give Thanks and praise to you for dying on the cross for us. AMEN