Tears of grace?

My friend, may I ask you a question? Is It good to be reminded that God DOES often move in mysterious ways; especially when it comes to the moments He chooses in life to make a point and demonstrate his love and mercy in our lives?

Life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I'm Mark Brunner.

“I didn’t see THAT coming!” I looked at Holly and shook my head a bit. We had just finished dinner and a long after-dinner discussion with our youngest daughter, Hannah. At 17, Hannah had always had a great number of interesting insights beyond her years. But, this particular discussion left both Holly and I a bit bewildered. My daughter had been taking a pretty strong stance on her plans after High school for some time and, as parents, we felt we weren’t really getting through to her on what we felt was the right path to take. Hannah sort of blind-sided us with her willingness to listen and her comment that perhaps the advice we had given her in the past was pretty good after all. Holly and I, drop-jawed, were speechless for a moment; happy but, nonetheless, surprised. “The Lord moves in mysterious ways.” I quietly whispered in her direction. In the end, that was sufficient for the moment.

It’s good to be reminded that God DOES often move in mysterious ways; especially when it comes to the moments He chooses in life to make a point and demonstrate his love and mercy in our lives.

Here’s a story from Michelle Bekkering: “During my first year in college, a Religious Studies professor shared a story with our class, and it has stuck with me ever since. The story takes place during a Special Olympics track meet. From the stands, my professor watched as a young man crossed the finish line first. The exuberant winner jumped with joy at his win and repeatedly yelled, “Mom! Mom! Mom!” Sitting in front of my professor was a woman whose unrestrained tears made it clear that she was the winner’s mother. Leaning over to congratulate the woman, he too was moved to tears by what she said. She explained that she was crying because this was the first time her adult son had ever spoken her name: “Mom.” A small miracle, perhaps; but the hand of God’s grace no doubt left an indelible impression on my professor for life through that woman’s tears.” (Michelle Bekkering.)

The hand of God is always at work in our lives. When we feel the enemy of doubt creeping in, questioning our ability to complete the mission, remember stories like this Special Olympics miracle. It reminds us that we worship an all-powerful God – a God who uses everything to work miracles. His answers to prayers are sometimes found where least expect- ed; like at this Special Olympics event. It may be impossible to “see that coming” when our lives are so often busy with the things that we need to do. Consequently, our duty is to be open to recognizing the unexpected ways in which He works, guides and protects. The hand of God IS mysterious; his touch, however, is Oh so real.

We pray. Dear Father . Times of grace in our lives are so frequent they often border on ubiquitous. We have a need, You are there. Concerns pile up and weight us down; You unburden us through a small deed or unexpected word. We are tired and not able to do one more thing; Your hand is on our shoulder nudging us on toward the goal. Times of grace O Lord are the sweetest times of life for us. They come and go with and without emotion, but they embrace our lives when we need them the most. Thank you Father for those times of grace, those moments of comfort, satisfaction and enjoyment. Forgive us when we take them for granted and keep them coming, because life without them would be tedious and unfulfilling. In Jesus Name! Amen.

Therefore my friend, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry for itself; each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matt 6:34) This Passing Day. May this passing day honor our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and be a blessing to you and everyone you meet. Find a stranger and say hello. Don't let another day pass without your day blessing someone else.

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<markcbrunner@thispassingday.com> From Beech Springs, God bless you for Jesus sake.

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