“Who has believed our message and to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed? ... Surely he took up our pain and bore our suffering, yet we considered him punished by God, stricken by him, and afflicted. But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed. We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to our own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all. “-Isaiah 53: 1, 4-6
Dear Jesus, I love to meditate on your six hours on the cross for me. When I read these words from Isaiah that were written 600 years before you were born, I realize that, as the eternal God, your heart and soul has always been on the cross. You are always there suffering, always risen, always sending the Holy Spirit, always loving me. Thank you for taking away the thousand plus ways I have disappointed you. Help me to let that same grace flow through me to those who have let me down. I want to live in the shadow of the cross being forgiven and learning to forgive everyone. AMEN
Grace for me means grace through me. Grace through me means grace from me to others.