Word for the day by Christian Education Forum
Incredible amidst of Struggles
2 Samuel 9: 1-13
David asked, “Is there anyone still left of the house of Saul to whom I can show kindness for Jonathan’s sake?”
Fiorello LaGuardia was the mayor of New York City during the worst days of the Great Depression and all of WWII, was called by adoring New Yorkers 'the Little Flower' because he was only five foot four and always wore a carnation in his lapel. One bitterly cold night in January of 1935, the mayor turned up at a night court that served the poorest ward of the city. LaGuardia dismissed the judge for the evening and took over the bench himself. An old woman was brought before him, charged with stealing a loaf of bread. She told LaGuardia that her daughter's husband had deserted her, her daughter was sick, and her two grandchildren were starving. But the shopkeeper, from whom the bread was stolen, refused to drop the charges. LaGuardia turned to the woman and said "I've got to punish you. The law makes no exceptions--ten dollars or ten days in jail." But even as he pronounced sentence, the mayor was already reaching into his pocket. He extracted a bill and tossed it into his famous sombrero saying: "Here is the ten dollar fine which I now remit; and furthermore I am going to fine everyone in this courtroom fifty cents for living in a town where a person has to steal bread so that her grandchildren can eat.
This chapter is all about that kind of grace. It is about the kind of grace that reaches out to the undeserving and lifts them out of their condition, forever changing them and their surroundings. It may be that there are some among us who need this kind of grace in our lives. Some already enjoy this kind of grace. For those, this small message will be a mere reminder of what Jesus has done in and for them in the past and perhaps in the future if we put our trust in Him. Wherever you stand with the Lord, there will be help for you through this passage. Here David extended his grace to a man named Mephibosheth. As we know that what David did for Mephibosheth, Jesus can do for us and much more.
This is the power of Grace! It takes the lost sinner, changes him completely and gives him a seat at the Lord’s Table. When we embrace His grace, He elevates us to a new position. We are not beneath Abraham, Moses, the Apostles, or any other saint of God. We are His children, seated at His table and His grace has taken care of our past and our infirmities. That is the power of GRACE! That is why it’s called AMAZING GRACE!
Prayer: Our Heavenly Father, without your constant Grace to me and my family, nothing is possible. Please come into us and fill us with your Peace, Grace, and Mercy. Amen.
Thought of the Day: God’s help is near and always available, but it is only given to those who seek it. Nothing results from apathy,
Reji Mathew, Long Island Mar Thoma Church, NY.
Theme of the week: Incredible amidst of struggles