The child grew in size and strength,
filled with wisdom,
and the grace of God was upon him.
The New Year is just thirty-six hours away and my thoughts turn to my hopes and dreams, worries and fears for 2016. I have been blessed with an inner calm which I really cannot explain. Still, I fret with the best of them on occasion, especially when a loved one faces peril that I can do nothing about. Normally, when my worries get the best of me, I head outdoors to walk. Because close encounters with slippery walks threaten, I have sought solace indoors through walks at the mall.
These walks are not a retreat from my troubles. The truth is that they are just the opposite. It is while I am embraced by a soft summer breeze or a gust of winter cold that I feel most like the child of whom Luke wrote so long ago. Even indoors at the mall, I find myself engulfed by the goodness around me. Though I have grown neither as wise nor as strong as Jesus did, I do have the grace of God upon me. Jesus himself convinced me of this by the way he lived his life among us. His lessons regarding God’s love assure me in the midst of the worst of my fretting that my loved ones and I will be fine after all. You see, God’s grace is upon us all.
Good and Gracious God, thank you for your presence and your enduring love which enhance the best and worst of our days.
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