Meditation of Grace

You have entered a space of Grace. In this place you come as you are. Grace is a people in the midst of the hard places, the painful places, and the anxious places in our lives saying, “Fear not. I am with thee.” Grace envelops us, embraces us, takes hold of us and speaks these words – “You are my beloved.” I need to hear those words because in my frailty and flaws, I am not always able to believe. I am often unable to enter into the depths of my humanity on my own.  Yet among this people of Grace, I do not have to believe on my own or even at all.  Instead, we believe. We confess. We enter into the depths together. We confess together. We receive the words of Christ together – “You are forgiven.” God, remake us, give us courage to resist chaos and evil in the world. Give us bravery to go higher, wider, and deeper in our lives.  Amen.”

Scripture Reading

They went on from there and passed through Galilee. He did not want anyone to know it; for he was teaching his disciples, saying to them, “The Son of Man is to be betrayed into human hands, and they will kill him, and three days after being killed, he will rise again.” But they did not understand what he was saying and were afraid to ask him. Then they came to Capernaum; and when he was in the house he asked them, “What were you arguing about on the way?” But they were silent, for on the way they had argued with one another who was the greatest. He sat down, called the twelve, and said to them, “Whoever wants to be first must be last of all and servant of all.” Then he took a little child and put it among them; and taking it in his arms, he said to them, “Whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes not me but the one who sent me.”

-Mark 9:30-37