I often drive to work listening or singing to music or just singing and praying to God as I start my workday. This morning I had no CDs in my car (I’d loaned them to other people to listen to), so I started humming, talking and praising God.
I was struck by the words of a song and I only got to the first line!! I was overawed by the words and kept repeating them over and over.
‘Amazing Grace how sweet the sound,’
The sound of God’s grace is so sweet. Soundwaves have vibrations that bounce off objects and have an effect on things, but God’s grace waves don’t bounce off us. They absorb into us and affect us so amazingly that we become changed people, and this then can affect others. God’s grace given to us makes our lives so sweet and full of joy.
This reminded me of a discussion that St Francis had with one of his brothers who asked him what perfect joy was. Perfect joy is not found in learning or in preaching or in the working of miracles. It is found only in the pardoning of injuries, holding no hatred, complete forgiveness.
Because of the grace of our loving Father sending his Son who died for our sins, all our deficiency in forgiveness is forgiven. Jesus took it on the cross and we receive perfect joy. Oh, how sweet that is! It’s impossible not to be affected deeply when you remember that perfect joy has been given freely to us.
Oh God, how grateful I am!
It makes me very humble to realise what you have done for me and I sit in my car overawed by you.
May these jottings from my journal inspire you to believe in and fall in love with Christ- the hope of the world, as stated in Jeremiah 17:7, ‘Blessed is the man who believes and trusts in and relies on the Lord and whose hope and confident expectation is the Lord!’