July 4. Independence Day. Celebrate with joy and thanksgiving!
It’s time to dwell on these words in “America the Beautiful”:
America! America! God shed his grace on thee.
Grace is the infinite love, mercy, favor, and goodwill shown to humankind by God.
God still gives it freely to everyone.
Now God has us where he wants us, with all the time in this world and the next to shower grace and kindness upon us in Christ Jesus. Saving is all his idea, and all his work. All we do is trust him enough to let him do it. It’s God’s gift from start to finish! We don’t play the major role. If we did, we’d probably go around bragging that we’d done the whole thing! No, we neither make nor save ourselves. God does both the making and saving. He creates each of us by Christ Jesus to join him in the work he does, the good work he has gotten ready for us to do, work we had better be doing. (Ephesians 2:8-10, MSG)
Prayer- Lord, may all our hearts turn toward Your Grace, the riches you offer us through Christ. Amen.