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Key to Grace

Readings for 2nd Sunday in Lent
Genesis 12: 1-4a, Romans 4: 1-5; 13-17 and Matthew 3.1-12


Wednesday 8th March
In his Letter to the Romans Paul talks about the faith which keys in to the grace of God and saves us. The word faith has many connotations, it can simply mean a belief. The word faith is linked to the word faithful, and I am reminded of how a faithful dog of sticks with her owner. Or maybe a faithful husband or wife or friend who sticks up for you even when times are bad and difficult. We need to be full of faith – we need to be faithful. When God seems far away, when our belief wavers, when times test us, when people let us down, when unjust suffering strikes; then we need to stick with God, just as he sticks with us.


Wednesday 14 December


I remember, at various stages of my children’s lives, thinking what will they become.

In Mary we have someone who we are told stored up the events and images of Jesus as a baby, as a toddler and as a teenager into adulthood. Not recorded formally, but Jesus lived and grew and thrived.

And oh how Mary must have wondered!

Paul in his letter to the Romans to be read next Sunday wrote: ‘Through Christ we have received grace….’

This is one of the reasons Mary is revered, she saw and wondered. What perfect grace she received and was involved with on a personal level.

Help me Lord in the diversions of today, to   find that the perfect gift is given as you are a part of our lives. I pray for grace sufficient for today and sufficient to share with others. Amen



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Wednesday 30 November


There is a poem written by Dorothy Law Nolte the full text can be found:
Full Version Of the Poem
If children live with criticism, they learn to condemn.

If children live with hostility, they learn to fight…

If children live with kindness and consideration, they learn respect.

If children live with security, they learn to have faith in themselves and in those
about them.

If children live with friendliness, they learn the world is a nice place in which to live.

In our reading next Sunday from Romans you can see the same theme, Paul writes about: ‘the God of steadfastness & encouragement’.

Question: What are the possibilities for us as children of God? What one possibility will I actively pursue & pray for today?

Lord Jesus with you behind and before us we can be God steadfastness and encourage to be who you would dream us to be. Give us such grace to fulfill that vision in us. Amen




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