This past week at church a group of men sang a fabulous rendition of Amazing Grace in a style I would describe as a southern quartet with instruments...It was truly amazing to see God's heart cry out to us through their song... (I guess it kind of reminded me of O Brother, Where Art Thou? even though I have never really seen the movie, just the style I guess.)
This week, we focus on verse 3 of the original.
Thro’ many dangers, toils and snares,
I have already come;
’Tis grace has brought me safe thus far,.
And grace will lead me home.
Our pastor read from Psalm 31 tonight and reminded me that from the beginning of time, we have been faced with challenges, but that God has been there EVERY time....we are here, we are breathing and we each have our own unique ability to share this Good News with someone.
The last line in the Message Paraphrase says:
Be brave. Be strong. Don't give up.
Expect God to get here soon.
Do we remember to live with this expectation that the grace of God will bring us home? That God will get here soon? What if we did? What would change? What decisions would you make differently by "expecting" God (read: having faith in God) that by grace, he will keep us safe and lead us home...
This verse indicates the past, but doesn't touch on the future other than the grace of God that will lead us home...the grace was there during the toils and will be there when danger comes again.
Knock Knock...Are you expecting anyone?