I want to talk to you today about GRACE. This post comes about because of something someone said to my MOM that caused her to shake her head. I will not go in the details about that, but I will share with you what my MOM shared with me Saturday night. It was late and we were at church and at some point we went in to the sanctuary church and MOM laid on her back in the chancel area looking up she said a prayer. I knew this was an important moment so I laid there with her with my head on her chest. I am putting some photos up of what we saw as we laid there in the silence of our thoughts and prayers.
Grace, as it turns out, is God’s unconditional, everlasting love for all of God’s creation. God’s grace is not something that covers our sin like syrup, grace gets into our very being and transforms us.
Even though there is different terms used for Grace, Sanctifying, Justifying, and Prevenient, and there are other aspects of grace as well, make no mistake - God’s grace is one grace. There is one grace of God that is experienced in many different ways.
The one way we experience is called Prevenient Grace. Prevenient Grace means God’s love and God’s grace is present with us throughout our entire lives. The term Prevenient comes from the Latin and means, “to come before.” In Christian thought it means the grace that comes before any human endeavor. Prevenient grace is at work before we are even aware of it.
So how do we specifically experience God’s Prevenient Grace? God reaches out to us through events in our lives, both positive and negative. The Holy Spirit can speak to our minds and our hearts through the stuff of life. Through music, relationships, art, and the natural beauty that surrounds us, God shows us his love and touches our soul. God is speaking and revealing himself even through the struggles, frustrations, and difficulties.
I'm going to tell you a story about Prevenient Grace in my MOM's life. This is a story well before my time. It is a story that my MOM thought of as she talked with this person who caused MOM to shake her head.
Looking back over that time before Grace broke thru, MOM could see events happening and people around her that God was using to touch her life. And believe me, it still happens today. Did you know that God's Prevenient Grace can work through those who don’t even know they are doing God’s work? It's true.
In MOM's mid 20’s, after several challenging and life crushing events in her life she was once again "starting over” in many ways. Each night MOM would walk her heart dog, Pete. A 140 lbs Lab Great Dane mix through her neighborhood.