I feel blessed to be part of a church community where we have seen miraculous and amazing things happen. I have been reflecting recently on what the miraculous really looks like. We often think of it in terms of “the blind see, the lame walk… the dead are raised to life (Luke 7)
These are indeed amazing and miraculous and I want to see more of these things happen in my own life and the lives of those around me.
But sometimes it’s the grace of God apparent in everyday life which speaks more to me of the miraculous:
Amazing grace which means we are forgiven.
Grace which means we have capacity to forgive others.
Grace which means we don’t seek revenge but choose to offer mercy.
Grace which means we can walk our everyday life with our Father in heaven.
Grace which means we have right relationship with the Father.
Jesus was the God of the Everyday. He didn’t just appear as some superhero who only performed miracles. He incarnated his message by living amongst us, sharing all of his life with those who knew Him and demonstrating supreme love in the form of death on the cross.
As Brennan Manning says “This is the God of the gospel of grace. A God who out of his love for us, sent the only Son he ever had wrapped in our skin. He learned how to walk, stumbled and fell, cried for his milk, sweated blood in the night, was lashed with a whip and showered with spit, was fixed to a cross and died whispering forgiveness on us all.”
And all motivated by love.
Grace is the active expression of love.