GOD CREATES “wide places,” which is to say, God’s grace works for our benefit, guiding, protecting, and instructing us. God gives us grace in our homes. God provides us places — both in childhood and adulthood — that are happy, safe, and peaceful. God reveals God’s self in the splendor of nature, in the carefree locations of childhood. God touches our lives in difficult places, one time converting us, another time saving us from trouble, another time giving us peace and strength. God gives us places of Christian fellowship that help us grow in grace. God helps us when, on occasion, that fellowship breaks down. Places illustrate ways that God both deals with us and helps us; places are both parable and memory.
– Paul E. Stroble
You Gave Me a Wide Place: Holy Places in Our Lives
From p. 137-138 of You Gave Me a Wide Place: Holy Places in Our Lives by Paul E. Stroble. Copyright (c) 2006 by the author. Used with permission of Upper Room Books. All Rights Reserved. http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.
Describe a place or time of grace from your memory. Share your thoughts.
“For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.”
John 3:16, NRSV
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