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By BARBARA LAMAN
There’s no place like Alaska in the month of June.
The long, warm nights make a delightful evening with friends and family. The beauty of the sun setting over the ocean’s horizon is a picture forever engraved in my mind. In the same way, the beauty of God’s grace is eternally etched into the eyes of my heart.
I see his grace in the little things, that, if I’m not watchful, I can easily overlook the preciousness of his presence; yet he’s still there. And with great appreciation, I see his grace in the larger things of life that sometimes overwhelm me, but knowing he never leaves me empowers me to move forward.
According to the wikibook website, “The word 'grace,' as it is used in the scriptures, literally means 'favor.'” With that in mind, look at what King David says, “For you, O Lord, will bless the righteous; with favor you will surround him as with a shield (Psalm 5:12 NKJV).
As we breath daily and greet the mornings with new mercies, it’s awesome to know that his grace surrounds us 24/7. Essentially, what this tells me is that he holds us close; close to him with his favor saturating us with his goodness. Why? Because he loves us so much. That powerful love draws people of all walks of life to this truth: “God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can't take credit for this; it is a gift from God (Ephesians 2:8 NLT).”
There’s nothing we can do to earn salvation or his grace which is also referred to as “unmerited favor.” As believers in Jesus Christ, we become children of the Most High. His grace lifts our head up to see his beauty. Life on earth is full of disappointments that brings pain and suffering. But, no matter what we go through, God tells us in 2 Corinthians 12:9, “My grace is all you need.” It’s his grace that gives us the ability to say, “Yes! I count it all joy that I am going through this trial because it’s perfecting my faith in the one who made this possible, Jesus! (James 1:2-4 paraphrased).
God’s grace is like putting the entire Bible into one word/concept. It’s deeper than we can ever swim and higher than we can ever fly. God’s grace comes in bite sizes and in full-size packages. It’s that beautiful! It’s that amazing! It’s indescribable even though many try to put it into words, such as me. Most importantly, it’s a gift for all mankind. Do you receive it? I sure do! May God bless your family this summer with an abundance of his grace!
Barbara Laman formerly attended Lighthouse Church of God, and currently attend Glacier Valley Church of God in Juneau. She’s children’s ministries and celebrate recovery leader.
Perspectives is a regular column sponsored and written by members of the Ketchikan Ministerial Association.