Today’s reflection is written by Jade Schwich.
There is no distinction, since all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God; they are now justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus. —Romans 3:22-24
I’ve been known to screw up now and then. The spring before my senior year of college, I never signed up for housing for the following school year. I ignored email after email thinking that they didn’t pertain to me. When I finally realized this screw-up, it seemed too late. The deadlines had passed. Would I have to commute each day to school? Would there be any spots left for me on campus?
I walked to the housing office and sheepishly admitted my mistake. The woman working there was understandably frustrated by my negligence but she said I wasn’t to worry. There would be a spot for me on campus after all! I breathed a sigh of relief and was grateful that I didn’t have to suffer the natural consequences of my stupid mistake. Not only that, but I ended up getting to room with an amazing young woman whose faith continues to inspire me to this day!
God is good. We have all screwed up. We don’t deserve good gifts. And our Lord showers us with gifts anyway. And he has given us the gift that no one else could give: forgiveness for our sins and redemption through Christ. Rejoice and be glad in our Lord who is faithful to us all! Amen.