(Written September 20, 2015)
Amazing grace - my chains are gone!
Singing this song today in choir gave me goosebumps. We sing “Amazing Grace” all the time, without truly thinking about what it means. Our chains are GONE, because of His sacrifice! Our God loves us so much, that he forgives us and sets us free from the fear of eternal damnation, pain and suffering.
Our chains are gone, I've been set free.
My God, my savior has ransomed me!
And like a flood, His mercy reigns…
Unending love. Amazing grace.
I walked this morning (carrying two five-pound weights to maximize the workout - yay for me today!), and my companion on my walks is always a “Daily Hope with Rick Warren” podcast. I really enjoy listening to Pastor Rick's sermons, because he organizes and presents his messages in such a way that I feel like I've really learned something that I can apply to my own life. I am always amazed how God presents themes over and over to get my attention… Today's podcast was about how God created us to LOVE US. He created His family, and all He asks is that we love Him in return.
How do I respond to that? How do I show my love for my Heavenly Father?
My prayer today:
Lord, help me to take care of my body so that I can better do Your work on Earth.
Let me joyfully offer my services as a teacher to help others, and be an example to those who are faced with the same struggles that I have battled.
Thank you for the gift of music, which I use to bring peace and joy to others.
Give me the strength of character to speak only kind things of others, rather than encourage or endorse negative thoughts.