Tuesday, February 8, 2000
For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith -- and this
not from yourselves, it is the gift of God -- not by works, so that no one can
-- Ephesians 2:8-9, New International Version
Falling to my certain doom, I was truly relieved when the harness
tightened and I zipped down the wire. I could not see the rope, as I was
attached to my back, I had to trust that it would catch me as I fall.
This past weekend, I had the
pleasure of taking our confirmation class to a camp where they took part in
what was called a ropes course. This is a combination of high and low
elements. It seems, the biggest barrier to being able to successfully
complete the challenge course was our own self.
Our salvation, the grace that
is imparted to us, is a gift that does not rely on something we can or can not
do. Rather, the grace that is imparted to us from God is by us having
FAITH. It is not something earned, not something we get because we
did good things, it is a pure and simple gift to all who open their heart and
soul to the Giver.
The greatest thing about this
weekend was not zipping down the zipline, jumping off the pole, or even
falling. The greatest thing about this weekend was knowing those
present, were present because they have Faith in God and are seeking to
understand more about what God has done in their life and what God will
continue to do in their life. If you fall, is there something that will
Thank you, generous Father, for the gift of grace, the gift of
faith, the gift of salvation, and most of all, the gift of Jesus. Not
only do you help me when I stumble, but you catch me when I fall. Thank
you. Create in me a heart that is brave and pure so I might be able to
face all that is before me. And allow me to help others as they stumble
or fall. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.