Friday, March 27, 2020

Friday of Lent 4

Friday of Lent 4 – March 27,2020 – Ephesians 2:1, 4-9
 Amazing Grace
Amazing grace—how sweet the sound—
    That saved a wretch like me!
I once was lost but now am found,
    Was blind but now I see! [2]

The writer of the hymn, Amazing Grace praises God for His mercy. It’s the acknowledgment how He saved a wretched sinner. We each stand before God blind and lost to sin, until God finds us and gives us sight.

Grace is an undeserved favor or gift. Grace is God’s riches given at Christ’s expense. Grace is the undeserved forgiveness, kindness and mercy that God gives us in the person of Jesus Christ. Grace is not a license to do evil. Rather, grace is an escape route. Grace is God establishing us to be His very own.

Rejoice and be glad. Your status before God is a testimony of your heavenly Father’s mercy and grace.

Merciful Father, may the penance of our Lenten observance make us you obedient people., May the love within us be seen in what we do and lead us to the joy of Easter. Grant this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen [3]
1. Image © Higher Things
2. Amazing Grace,© 1991 Editorial Concordia. Used by permission: LSB Hymn License .NET, no. 100013721.
3. Collect for Thursday of the week of Lent 4, For All the Saints A Prayer Book For and By the Church Vol. 1 © 1994 American Publicity Bureau, Delhi, NY

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