I have prayed and felt Him near me.
He is the way.
He is the truth.
He is the light.
All spiritual roads lead to heaven.
That is my second Trifecta weekend writing prompt entry, based on John 14:6 in the Bible. Here’s the challenge: “This week’s Trifextra challenge is simple, but ambiguous. Three truths and a lie. 33 to 333 words.”
This ends my Trifecta entry. What follows, is my regular Sunday spiritual post:
The idea for today’s post came to me during my commute to work last week. With over six hours a week spent in the car each week, I have lots of time to think 🙂
Recently, I took my sons grocery shopping with me. I don’t remember why I had them with me, but I know it was out of necessity because I prefer to go alone. It’s an errand that does double-duty as “me” time. (You wouldn’t believe how long it takes me to get through a grocery list sometimes!)
Anyway, I always tell my kids not to touch stuff that’s set up by the checkouts. This day, they had grabbed these toy plastic guns full of gumballs while I was discussing a question with a clerk. They dropped one of them and it broke. I told them they would have to buy it because they broke it.
When we went to the checkout line, I told the man that the kids broke it so they were going to buy it. He told me not to worry about it and set the gun aside. I thanked him and walked away with the kids, telling them, “You’re lucky. You should’ve had to pay for that.”
It didn’t even occur to me until I was on the road a few days later, but this was an example of grace. Grace not unlike God’s grace for us when Jesus died on the cross for our sins. (I’m lucky. I should’ve had to pay for that.)
I had thanked the man in the grocery store for waiving a $1.79 debt. I wondered, “does my life say ‘thank you’ to God?” Sometimes.
I put myself on the hot seat and it didn’t take me long to see where I could extend grace: my mother-in-law. I’m praying I can make peace with our differences. Perhaps in time, I won’t bristle at her remarks that criticize our parenting. Maybe I can get to the point where the kids can visit her house without us.
I’m not there yet. We did go to her house for Cinco de Mayo carne asada tacos, which is a step in the right direction. Until God planted the seed in me to think about grace, I hadn’t planned on going at all – I was content sending hubby and the kids (while I caught up on writing and blog reading.) Selfish, huh? 🙂
I pray that God continues to keep grace in my thoughts. If we extended more grace, think of all the grudges that would be displaced; imagine the axes that wouldn’t need grinding.
John 1:16-17 – From the fullness of His grace we have all received one blessing after another. For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.
Have a beautiful Sunday!