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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...


 

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July 16, 2010 - Exhibition of Grace

By Jason Aaron Womelsdorf

Grace is an intricate gift full of challenging elements that are difficult to comprehend. It is far more than a prayer said before a meal. Grace is God’s immeasurable favor shown not because of our having earned it or deserved it, but rather offered as an expression of His divine love.

In Luke 15, God’s love and grace are illuminated through the parable of the lost son. Immediately, the younger of the two sons sets the plot of the story by his tenacious request to receive his portion of the inheritance prior to his father’s death. Even more shocking than the request is the father’s response to the request — he divided the estate and gave to the son his share.

Having no intention to return home, the son packed his belongings, took his portion of the inheritance and headed out to a distant land to chase his egocentric dreams and desires (v. 13). The son lost sight of the grace the Lord had shown to him through his father and squandered everything in wild living. With his money gone and facing a famine, the son found himself to be as empty and superficial as he was before he left the comfort of his home and loving father (v. 14).

Desperate for work, the son hired himself out to a citizen of the country where he was living (v. 15). The son’s choice to leave his father and home cost him much more than he imagined it would. He was deceived into believing that the grass was greener on the other side of the fence and that the pursuit of his own dreams would bring him more happiness than remaining under the godly authority of his father.

Having realized the error of his ways, the son came to his senses and returned home to his father (vv. 17-21). Not only had the son lost everything the father had given him, he lost his honor, dignity and self respect; no longer would the community revere him the way they once did. Luke 15:20-24 exhibits the love and grace the father had for his son despite the wrongs his son committed against him.

The father was watching for his son and while he was still a long way off, the father ran to meet him, demanded the best clothes be brought to him and prepared a feast to celebrate his return home. Job 10:12 states, “You gave me life and showed me kindness, and in your providence watched over my spirit” (NIV). The son was once lost, but was now found. He truly repented and turned from his wicked ways.

The father in this story represents God’s exhibition of grace to mankind when He sent His Son to earth — a demonstration of grace that is foreign to our human intellect. May you, through your decision to accept the Lord’s grace, be able to discern what is best for your life and remain pure and blameless until the day of Christ Jesus (Philippians 1:10). The Lord has much He wants to do for you and through you — all you need to do is accept His grace, trust His plan for you and surrender to His authority.

— Jason Aaron Womelsdorf is a lance corporal in the United States Marine Corps.

 

 

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