Miracles & Grace

November 15, 2012 my father-in-law passed.  It is only by a Miracle & Grace that in the end he came to know Jesus.  Hence the title, Miracles & Grace.

A few days before his death a nursing student came in to see him, she was not like the usual fresh out of college young students.  During their conversation she stroked his face and in his unconsciousness he responded with a soft moan recognizing her sweet spirit.  She spent some time with my husband and his sister telling them what a sweet man he was.  

What she did not know was that he had not been a good father, or a good husband.  Years of abusing his body, soul and spirit with one thing or another had not created a good relationship with his children.  He had also been searching, investigating Buddhism and other religions.  But she did not judge.  

Every August in a small town about 100 miles south of Birmingham, in the heat and the middle of a cow pasture, there is a large outreach event called En Fuego (http://www.enfuegoinfo.com/about/).  Well known Christian artists have played at this event and over the years it has grown from about 300 to over 20,000.  In speaking to this nurse she revealed to my husband that her family owned the property where this event is held every Summer and told him that if we ever come that we should “come knock on her door to say Hello”.  This beautiful woman’s name was Grace.

That evening as my husband was telling me this wonderful story, I asked him if he had asked her if she had spoken to his dad about Jesus.  That it would “be just like God to send someone named Grace to talk to his dad”.  He agreed and said that she would be back the next day and would ask.

The next day Grace returned.  She told my husband that she had spent many hours the previous week with him, and would not have left the room unless she had been sure that he had accepted Jesus Christ as his Saviour.  

Upon this news we all rejoiced!  We were so thankful.  God extends His Grace even at the end.  And it made me chuckle because it was so just like Him.  Grace.  He sent someone named Grace to save a wretch like him.  He sent Grace to save a wretch like me.  

In the South there is a stereo-type of old Plantation Southern women.  Gone With The Wind style.  Quiet with a long southern drawl, gracious in their response.  I can tell you, I can be quite the opposite.  I can be very “unGRACEful”.  

That weekend before his death I had been quite “unGRACEful” in my response to a family member, and had been listening to new music from Third Day called “I Need A Miracle”.  I had posted on my Facebook page that I needed a miracle.  Not only because of my behavior, but a miracle for my father-in-law as well.  God sent that Miracle.  

A few weeks ago I actually was able to meet Mac Powell when he led Sunday morning worship at my church, and told him of the Miracle we had experienced.  God is still (not that He ever stopped) in the Miracle business.  Sometimes those Miracles are as supernatural as they were in the Bible, but sometimes He performs those Miracles through doctors, friends, words, music, and even people.  People named Grace.  Now if I could just be as GRACEful.  I have a LOT to learn.  

Thank you Father, for your NEVER ENDING GRACE!

Marvelous grace of our loving Lord, 

Grace that exceeds our sin and our guilt! 
Yonder on Calvary’s mount outpoured, 
There where the blood of the Lamb was spilled. 

Grace, grace, God’s grace
Grace that will pardon and cleanse within; 
Grace, grace, God’s grace, 
Grace that is greater than all our sin. 

Sin and despair, like the sea waves cold, 
Threaten the soul with infinite loss; 
Grace that is greater, yes, grace untold, 
Points to the refuge, the mighty cross. 

Grace, grace, God’s grace, 
Grace that will pardon and cleanse within; 
Grace, grace, God’s grace, 
Grace that is greater than all our sin. 

Dark is the stain that we cannot hide. 
What can we do to wash it away? 
Look! There is flowing a crimson tide, 
Brighter than snow you may be today. 

Grace, grace, God’s grace, 
Grace that will pardon and cleanse within; 
Grace, grace, God’s grace, 
Grace that is greater than all our sin. 

Marvelous, infinite, matchless grace, 
Freely bestowed on all who believe! 
You that are longing to see His face, 
Will you this moment His grace receive? 

Grace, grace, God’s grace, 
Grace that will pardon and cleanse within; 
Grace, grace, God’s grace, 
Grace that is greater than all our sin

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