“Therefore, since we are justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have obtained access to this grace in which we stand; and we boast in our hope of sharing the glory of God.”

 Romans 5:1-2

We all experience the need for God’s closeness in our lives. We crave His attention to our problems that so often seem unsurmountable. We need that undeniable connection in a more tactile way, though that is not possible. But is it?

This past year has been tough, for me, my family, for everyone on this earth. After months of dealing with the pandemic (personally), the political unrest, the unsettled feeling of it all, I find myself not despairing, but optimistic.

At the center of this is “the grace in which we stand”. I see it everywhere. In the concerned calls from friends, the donated dinners, the unexpected holiday treats, and the general calmness among my “people”. I am especially awed by my good friend who lost her husband in a tragic accident away from home during this COVID time. Unable to be with him as he died within hours of his emergency surgery, she finds peace and comfort from many, many family members and friends who have stepped up. She has put her faith in Jesus to carry her through this. Her large group of supporters obviously have the love of God in their hearts and share it freely and joyfully. She gets calls and texts all day, every day. She welcomes them and in return, feels blessed and on the road to healing.

Open your hearts to this faith that we have at our disposal. Feel it, absorb it, and share it ‘tactically’ with those around us that need it so desperately.

Dear Lord, Please help us remember that all we have to do is ask. Help us to feel the peace in our hearts and souls that is ours if we want it. As you gave your son to us, give us the strength to share whatever gifts we may have to lighten the load for others in need as you have for us. Amen.

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