March 12

They will look on me, the one they have pierced. Zechariah 12:10

Pilate said, “Behold, you King!” So they cried out, “Away with Him, away with Him, crucify Him!” John 1:14-15

Christianity is a religion of grace. We sing about grace, we write poems about grace, we name our churches and our children after grace.

But for all that, grace is not well understood and often not really believed. We use the word a great deal but rarely think about what it means. It’s probably true that most of us think infrequently about God’s grace. For every discussion we have about grace, we have a dozen about the church budget or the church programs or more likely, whether or not we’ll live to see the Vikings win the Super Bowl. If you ask us, we certainly believe in grace, but outside of the worship services, the word is rarely on our lips.

Grace teaches us that God does for others what we would never do for them. We would save the not-so-bad, but the really bad guys, maybe not. Grace is a gift that costs everything to the giver and nothing to the receiver. It is given to those who don’t deserve it, barely recognize it, and hardly appreciate it. It is given to us!

Merciful Lord and Savior, thank you for never rejecting us, even when we rejected you by our actions and neglect. In your merciful name, we remember especially those who are weary and those who have grown cynical. May we be ready as your faithful servants to bring them a fresh sign of your grace today. Amen.


Susan Hanson