When I Can’t “Stand” Grace

randomlychad  —  October 4, 2011 — 7 Comments

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I am, like you, a pilgrim upon the Way–living a life in-between who I was, am, and am yet to be. As such, it is assured that neither you, nor I, will be whole until the mortal takes on immortality. This world doesn’t come by the appellation, “vale of tears,” for naught.

Indeed, Jesus promised us that “in this world, you will tribulation.” Yet who among us claims this promise? We, like the Apostle Paul before us, pray to be delivered from suffering, from tribulation. Yet, although God can, and does, heal–he often gives an answer we don’t ask for: grace.

Grace to bear the burdens, grace to endure in the face of trouble. In short, instead of giving us an answer, he gives us the Answer: himself.

“My grace is sufficient for you,” the Scriptures declare. “My strength is made perfect in

Would that I–that we–could trust this grace more, indeed when we can’t “stand it,” fall into it.

Into Him.




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