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MY FAMILY was having a tough year. We were dealing with things we never anticipated. I didn’t confide in many people, only my immediate family, close friends, and the pastor with whom I serve.
One chilly fall day, the pastor knocked on my door. He said, “When my family was going through a difficult trial similar to the one you’re facing, the nicest thing anyoone did was to put money in my hand. So I am doing that for you. You’ll need it for gas or maybe food on the road. No strings — use it as you need it.”
Shocked by his generosity, I felt tears well up in my eyes. God knew my prayer even before I asked and sent a blessing that was free for me to receive. This act of love was a glimpse of God’s grace — a gift freely given, not because we have earned it but because we so desperately need it. In response to God’s generosity, we can become Christ’s hands and feet in the world, combining faith and deeds through acts of kindness — not to earn grace but because grace compels us to serve God and others.
devozine, November-Dec. 2017
From page 61 of devozine, the devotional lifestyle magazine for teens by teens, November/December 2017. Copyright © 2017 by The Upper Room. All rights reserved. Used by permission. http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.
Look for an opportunity for God’s grace to work through you. Share your thoughts.
For to all those who have, more will be given, and they will have an abundance; but from those who have nothing, even what they have will be taken away.
Matthew 25:29, NRSV
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This week we remember: Gertrude the Great of Helfta (November 16).
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