Thank you for your title suggestions! I’m preparing to speak at a breakfast for grieving parents in PA this Saturday so I’ve not made a final decision—but you will be the first to know. Today’s post is a sample from the yet unnamed book. The accompanying passage is 2 Cor. 12:7b-10.
Lord, I Depend on your Grace
But thanks be to God, who always leads us as captives in Christ’s triumphal procession.2 Corinthians 2:14a
I have thorns. They are afflictions from my loss, throbbing reminders of what no longer is. They prickle and pain me, sharp mementos of a tragedy I can’t undo. If I find a comfortable position they are quick to pierce my peace and, like old injuries, they throb in stormy conditions. I have prayed for them to be removed, but God tells me the same thing He told Paul, “My grace is sufficient” (2 Corinthians 12:9).
What does sufficient grace look like? It is strength when I’m bone-weary. It is peace when I’m disordered. It is contentment when I stop striving. It is one more step on a path I never wanted to walk. It is offering words of comfort from the well within me. I have enough grace for God to radiate from me and reveal Jesus.
God’s grace lifted me from bed in my lowest days. It propelled me out the door when I wanted to hide. It enabled me to smile in darkness and stand in a crowd. That may not sound like a triumphal procession, but they are my victories and could only be realized through grace.
I will press on—by God’s grace. I will grow strong—by God’s grace. And at the end of my life’s journey, I will join the triumphal procession to glories I now vaguely imagine. And so will you. We will be thorn-free and forever tell of the grace that carried us home.
4 thoughts on “Lord, I Depend on your Grace”
Beautifully expressed, Barb. I look forward to reading the book. Praying God will bring healing and hope to many through your words.
Thank you, Sue. Yes, that is my prayer.
Dear Barbara, Your elegant, simple, and profound depiction of you rising above the circumstances of you tragic afflictions is quite a testament to the courageous work you have done to grow your faith, and grow as a powerful channel of God’s loving wisdom. Can’t wait to read your next book.
Thank you, Mitchell. I am humbled by your comments.