I woke up this morning to rain tapping lightly on the roof above, and a song filled my mind.
Amazing grace - how sweet the sound. Amazing love - now flowing down
From hands and feet that were nailed to the tree. As grace flows down and covers me.
Grace to save. To cover sin. I need that kind of grace. Saving grace is what changed the course of my eternity. From death to life - slave to free - broken to whole. Grace does that.
But I gotta be honest with you. I need way more than saving grace. My eternity may be secure but what about my day to day. Who's going to save me today from ... well ... me?
Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need. Hebrews 4:16
The throne of grace. Confident at the feet of Jesus. Empty hands held high to receive the gift. That's the answer to my ever-present need.
Before my eyes even open to start the day ... approach the throne of grace.
When the kids are still not down stairs, breakfast waiting, school bell looming and tension rising ... approach the throne of grace.
To tackle the to-do list ... approach the throne of grace.
To discipline the kids who push for boundaries ... approach the throne of grace.
To use my gifts, to be thankful in the mundane, to forgive, to deny self, to speak gently - without yelling, to laugh at little one's jokes that aren't funny, to serve, to do the dishes - and laundry - again, to clean up messes, to choose joy, to listen to others, to make dinner while they're screaming loud and running laps, to show love one more time before I tuck them in tight ... approach the throne of grace.
Do you see why I need Him - why I want to swim in this grace that He gives? Is your need like mine? Are you hopeless without Him - without His grace that covers?
A steady rhythm of rain falls and I think of grace. Thank you, God, for so great a gift.