LENTEN MEDITATION for the Fourth Sunday (15 March 2015) by Rev. Tony Freeman

Ephesians 2:1-10

Still, Amazing Grace…

“Amazing grace, how sweet the sound….” Grace is, still, amazing. In the midst of all of the turmoil and strife in the world, if we pay attention, there are still those moments of amazing grace. Sometimes we are the recipients, and other times we are the really fortunate ones, blessed to be able to participate in the sharing of grace with (an)other person(s).

What are your moments of “amazing grace”?

There may be one moment in particular that comes to mind before any others. In my case, I go back to my very first MCC worship service in Key West, Florida, USA. It happened at communion, which is so often the case in MCC. Rev. Steve Torrence was celebrating communion, and while I was sitting in the back pew, with my arms crossed, wondering if there was a place “here” for me, I heard him say, “You need not have it all figured out; you are welcome here to come and receive these gifts from God, as you understand God to be today.” I had not been in a church except for weddings and funerals in at least 20 years. But on this day, in this moment of amazing grace, I knew there was indeed a place for me.

As a pastor, I am blessed to recall the many, many times that I was a witness to a person, or couple, experiencing grace when receiving communion at our local MCCs. The tears, the joys, the life changing moments still happen.

Experiencing grace comes to us in many different ways. Sometimes, it is in the simplest of things, like watching a child take their first step, or being able to be at the bedside of a loved one who is transitioning to heaven. Other times, it can come in unexpected, yet deeply appreciated, kind and supportive words from a loved one or a stranger.

As we journey through this Lenten season, what will be your moments of amazing grace? How is God calling you to share the gift you have received through Jesus Christ with others?

Be reminded each day of this season that as surely as the bleakness of Good Friday gives way to the glory of Easter, this incredible gift from God, amazing grace is still yours to receive and to share. How sweet the sound. Amen.

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