Grace That Abounds


     Times marches on. In a few short hours 2007 will be history. As we look back today over the path which we have covered during the past year, two great mountain peaks, as it were, loom up before out eyes: the mountain of our sin and the mountain of God's grace.

     The past year, we confess it to our shame, has again been a year of sin -- of many sins, of grievous sins -- on the part of everyone of us. But the past year has also been a year of grace -- of abounding grace -- on the part of God. We should all pause to thank our heavenly Father that towering high above the mountain of our sin is the incomparably higher mountain of His mercy and grace.

     We take comfort to ourselves with the unshakable assurance that in Christ, the handwriting of the old year, which stood against us, has been blotted out, and that in Christ all the follies and all the failures of the new year will also find their pardon and forgiveness. No matter how far we wander, His grace will follow and enfold us!

     These are the Christian's thoughts on New Year's Eve. Yes, these are the thoughts of that little New Year's Eve service which we conduct each night when we fold our hands in sleep: absolute despair of our own record of accomplishments, and absolute and unwavering confidence in that Savior whose record of accomplishment has been written to our credit and who will be our Savior in the New Year, even as He has been in the old.

     Our sins are great indeed! His love is even grater! It is this love which we shall carry with us out of the old year and across the threshold of the new. How assuring to know that the New Year which lies just ahead will be another year of grace.

     As we look back upon the long road which lies behind us, with all its twists and turns, and as we look forward to the unknown and untraveled road that lies before us, we have every reason to stop -- to ponder - and then to pray:
          "Through many dangers, toils and snares I have already come;
          'Tis grace has brought me safe thus far, And grace will lead me home."
           AMEN!


          Just a Thought Across The Garden Gate by Parson Don.


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                                                                                                                    Updated January 12, 2010
 
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