Paul tells us in Ephesians, “In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace”.
We have been asking ourselves the question, “What does Grace look like to you?”. I have been thinking a lot about that question. I see so much disharmony happening in the world. Some days it seems harder than others to find evidences of grace in the world. We live in a world that is broken and in need of healing. Oftentimes the bad clouds over the good.
This week we have read and seen video of a pool party that seemingly got out of control and a police officer’ over the top response. We have read of a young man who killed himself in New york after 3 years of being abused at Riker’s Island without even a trial. Our political process has ramped up with ugliness as we prepare for our next Presidential election.We have read of In the 15th chapter of the Gospel of John, Where is the Grace?
Then we find about a man from Australia called James Harrison. In a story on CNN, we learn the wonderful story of Harrison. As a young boy he ended up being kept alive by the blood donations of strangers. He made a point to become a regular blood donor as he got older. It was determined that his blood had the antibodies needed to help create a vaccine that would be given to women who would be susceptible to transferring Rhesus disease, which was often fatal, to their children. For decades, Harrison has been donating Plasma each week and by the estimation of medical people, this vaccine has saved over 2 million lives.
Millions saved by the blood of one man, Hmmm. Seems as if we have heard a story like this before.
This is what Grace looks like to me.