The grace of the Lord Jesus
be with all. Amen.
After all that has taken place before hand--the highs and lows, the goodness and the difficulties, the unity and the conflicts the very last verse in the Bible ends with this gift, God's grace.
Grace is the love and protection that God gives freely to his creation every moment. Of course, those who have gone before us as well as ourselves have done nothing to deserve this generous gift and yet throughout the Biblical lives as well as our own God repeatedly gives a gift that sometimes we aren't able to recognize--grace.
As you look back over this year look specifically for evidence of God's gift of grace. It may have been a great year for you. It may have been a year of discouragement. Or, perhaps your year was without anything significant. Covering it all was God's love and protection--God's grace.
Grace is a gift that will keep on giving in 2009 as well. May you live 2009 with this assurance.