Grace upon grace

Do me a favor and envision the beach….

Feel the heat of the sand beneath your feet and the cool breeze coming off the water. Imagine lifting your face to the sun, you squint because its so bright. Listen to the sound of wave after wave gently crashing against the shore.

Can you picture it?

Wave after wave after wave….

Today was a typical day in my class–students enjoyed time playing, putting together the “Big Green Monster” face, smiled as they pretended to be a pumpkin on a fence, and were frequently told to use their words {remember I teach special education}. The preschool hours came and went. I enjoyed the crisp air and warm sun as I waited for the kindergarten class to arrive. Round 2 was equally enjoyable.

Wave after wave after wave….

A parent phone call didn’t go well. In fact, it was harsh. I hung up shaken, hurt.

Retail therapy and a good workout didn’t help. Two short vent sessions didn’t either.

Almost four hours later I am still trying to recover.

Wave after wave….

So here I sit, my heart beating a little too fast, seriously reconsidering my profession.

Wave after wave…

“For from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace.” John 1:16 ESV

Grace upon grace. It’s why Jesus came. It’s the gift He gives.

The Amplified version is my favorite:

“For out of His fullness (abundance) we have all received [all had a share and we were all supplied with] one grace after another and spiritual blessing upon spiritual blessing and even favor upon favor and gift [heaped] upon gift.”

Jesus just keeps giving. He POURS {non-stop} gifts, blessings, grace, and favor on us. He gives because He has, because He is. The grace never runs out.

Wave after wave after wave….

Tonight I will lay it at His feet. I will seek forgiveness. I will accept His grace. Tomorrow I will go back to loving my students and do what I can to make the situation better.

Tomorrow I will offer grace upon grace upon grace because I need it too.

 

 

 

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