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Unexpected Grace

Today’s Reflection

WHEN GOD SPEAKS, God reminds the [Israelites], “I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery” (Exod. 20:2).

The God whose presence shakes the mountain is the God who heard their cries when they were in slavery. The God who gives the commandments is the God who freed them from bondage and rescued them when they stood helpless beside the Red Sea. This is the God who, in an amazing act of unexpected grace, saves them when they find themselves utterly incapable of saving themselves.

—James A. Harnish
Easter Earthquake: How Resurrection Shakes Our World

From page 58 of Easter Earthquake: How Resurrection Shakes Our World by James A. Harnish. Copyright © 2017 by The Upper Room. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Upper Room Books. Learn more about or purchase this book.

Today’s Question

How have you experienced God’s liberating grace? Share your thoughts.

Today’s Scripture

I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery.
—Exodus 20:2, NRSV

Prayer for the Week

My Saviour God; How great Thou art, how great Thou art.
—from “How Great Thou Art,” words and music by Stuart K. Hine, 1949

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  • Jill March 3, 2019, 4:49 am

    My current experience of His liberating grace is the reality of His peace during this difficult time. I know that had this happened five years ago, I would not have experienced Him as I do now. I gratefully ask Him why, how…why me – why do I get to experience the fullness of Him – His presence, His grace, His peace…and yet my mother, a proclaimed Believer – has none of it. How did this happen to me…there wasn’t this watershed moment. And yet, it is so very real and I am amazed…amazing grace I suppose. Sanctification – the ongoing process, through submission to Him, of Him making me more like His Son and experiencing Him as we were meant to experience Him. Holy communion. Thank You, Father.
    I am grateful that mom had a really good day yesterday, her best since being released from the hospital three weeks ago. I am so grateful for dad as well, as he labors with her 24/7. He was down right giddy. I am grateful for prayer warriors, many of them here, who sustain my family before His throne. There are mercies, which are new each morning – He is sustaining my dad, my sister and me.

  • Theresa Lloyd March 3, 2019, 6:57 am

    Coming home from a retreat about God’s grace, I found myself at a train station, around midnight, with no available taxi. I started to cry. Someone who’s taxi had come offered for me to go as well. It was a Latino Taxi, and the driver knew very little English. I knew a little Spanish. After he had dropped off the others, he was able to get me home. As I was getting home, I felt that I had experienced God’s grace.

  • Andrea March 3, 2019, 7:32 am

    I experience God’s grace when little things come together. I experience it when I see my husband taking more initiative for his health. When we are in bed, I put my hands on him and pray for him, without telling him. I experience God’s grace when I look back over time and see how my daughter and I have become close, and see her becoming strong, and see my grandson growing and thriving. I experience God’s grace when I realize I have been cared for by an outstanding physical therapist. I experience God’s grace when I know UR friends are praying for us, strong prayers indeed. Thank you.

    Jill, may God continue to bless you and your family as you walk with your mother, father, and sister through the difficult journey of your mother’s terminal illness.

    With gratitude and prayers for each of you, friends on the prayer warrior team.

  • Mary Ng Shwu Ling March 3, 2019, 7:53 am

    I experienced God’s grace when I am weak or sick, my sister and friends pray for me.

    Grateful for students’ progress and parents’ good health.

    Grateful that my mum had good appetite today.

    Grateful for friends and family.

    Grateful for God’s unexpected grace and also to hear from Jill and her mum had a really good day yesterday.

    Blessings to all!

  • Linda Wallin March 3, 2019, 8:14 am

    Is this the digital version of the Upper Room magazine? I’d like to carry it on my phone or iPad.

  • robert moeller March 3, 2019, 1:28 pm

    I believe that we all are incapable of saving ourselves without God’s love, grace, and mercy. Belief, faith, and acceptance of God’s sovereignty makes
    salvation possible because Jesus died for us and was raised from the dead and sits at the right hand of God.

    Prayers that the message of God’s love will sink into every heart and all humans with love their neighbor as themselves. The message from God is love
    and love conquers all.

    A clearer understanding of each of the 6 scripture passages relating to homosexuality would be helpful.

    A resolution to the problem for which the UMC called the special general conference has not yet been found.

    Prayerfully it will be found.

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