In John Newton’s hymn I have probably sung 1000 times the line “Tis grace hath brought me safe thus far “. But I don’t think I’ve ever slowed down long enough to consider what follows, “and grace will lead me home.”
Facing fears and worry over what will happen if we turn to the left or right it is easy to get the focus on ourselves and not God. We do not serve an impossible to please boss. We are not in relationship with an unreasonable Father. We are not called to just figure out how to follow Jesus. No! We serve a risen Savior who is at the right hand of the throne interceding for us. His office is always open. He is ready with all the grace we can ever need or even imagine. He stands ready as the Good Shepherd to guide, protect, provide and yes even rescue us when we wander! Then He will put us on His shoulders and safely lead us home!
But the father said to his servants, ‘Bring quickly the best robe, and put it on him, and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet.
Luke 15:22 ESV
It had been nearly a month since I had seen my special friends at the nursing home and halfway house Wednesday meetings. Three weeks we were away for our annual vacation and one more because everything was closed to group events for flu season. What a blessing having three weeks of
After struggling through months of
Never mind I was not a prodigal coming home, it was still a joy! Like the prodigal I was struggling for the words to the familiar songs of celebration. I was working hard to piece together names and faces again. But just like that young man I was back in a place where I belonged. I was back with people who I loved, who needed me and I them because in God’s strange plan – together we are the family of God!
Time alone with God is the best investment we could make today!
Every time I read this verse I am reminded of the cistern we had back on the farm. In that area wells were expensive and rare. Our system gathered rain water from the roof and passed it through a carbon filter into a deep cement tank. But in dry weather it didn’t take long to deplete the supply so we would call for a water truck to come. That is how many of us are in our faith. On Sunday morning we get a little rain or we turn on a Christian radio program to refill our tank. But Jesus offers a gift meant to be more than just a refill. He offers freely a drink by which one single sip becomes in us a well. Why be satisfied with a full cistern when Jesus Christ is offering a well a river and a fountain of life!
Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is that is saying to you, ‘Give me a drink,’ you would have asked him, and he would have given you living water.” John 4:10 ESV