“My Grace is enough, it’s all you need. My strength comes into its own in your weakness.” 2 Corinthians 12:9 (MSG)
As I think of this Thanksgiving month, I can’t help but focus on gratitude and grace. There is so much to be grateful for; recovery, family, church, friends, and for our God who has an unlimited amount of grace. As I continue to receive His grace I gain a little more understanding of how grace heals us. I read a quote from Eugene O’Neill recently: ”Man is born broken. He lives by mending. The Grace of God is the glue.” I’m starting to understand what Apostle Paul said about our hurts, habits, and hang-ups: be thankful for them, for in our weakness we learn to depend on Christ more and more.
We all have cracks; in CR we call them character defects. They are like a shattered dish, broken and in need of mending. God’s grace—his glue—mends our brokenness. Not just once, but over and over again. But God’s grace can’t fill the cracks if I deny they are present—if I see myself as perfect and self-sufficient. God’s grace comes when I admit my weakness and let Him in; it’s the process of surrender.
What are we to do with the grace we have received? We need to give grace to others. When I come across an individual who is suffering, who is caught up in sin, I only need to look in the mirror and remember that I, too, am a sinner, that I have no right to judge another, that I have recovery and a relationship with Christ, not by my own doing, but by God’s grace. So this month of November, as we spend time with family and friends, have an attitude of gratitude, be a grace-giver. To quote Christian author Philip Yancey: “We are all trophies of God’s grace.”
Prayer: Dear Heavenly Father, how wonderful, how great you are. My life without Your grace is no life at all. I give You all of me, the good and the bad. I ask that You remove from me every single defect of character that stands in the way of my usefulness to You and others. Grant me strength as I do Your bidding. In Jesus Name—Amen.
Dana Cramer // Celebrate Recovery at Crossroads
Celebrate Recovery at Crossroads Church Calendar
November 5-11, 2018
Friday, November 9: Testimony Night
- 6pm: Our Hospitality Team is preparing a wonderful dinner for you. Please join us for food and fellowship.
- 7pm: Please join us for an hour of worship and a recovery testimony.
- 8pm: Open Share Groups.
- 9pm: Solid Rock Café