My Own Strength or God's Grace?

I was eighteen. The word was tough. My dad was having a heart attack. This word interrupted my Senior Year abruptly. We soon learned he would recover physically, but my world was broken. I remember going to worship the Sunday after and melting like a puddle at the communion rail. Something had dramatically changed in my life. I couldn’t fix my dad. I had a choice. Would I continue to find my identity in my own strength and power or lean into the faith I knew by heart?

We each face challenges in our journey toward the cross. Mine is often trying to control or do things on my own rather than truly having faith in the God who creates, Jesus who redeems and the Holy Spirit who is at work today. It is a constant conversation (even battle, sometimes!) that I have with God.

Answering the call to follow Jesus is a life changing one. The act of Holy Communion in my childhood church, that day in March was the sustaining act of grace that continued to transform me that day, to help me repent and trust again in the grace of Jesus.

Paul reminds us in 2 Corinthians 12:9, ‘But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is made perfect in weakness.” So, I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me.’

It is through the sacraments of baptism and communion, as well as many other means of grace (prayer, Bible reading, acts of service) that we claim our identity as children of God and the redeemed people of Christ.

My prayer is that this week in Lent, each of us will seek out ways to experience God’s grace that help us to find our most true identity in the story, love and life of Jesus.

Grace and Peace,
Pastor Holly