August 15, 2018
Pr. Cathy Daharsh
We have been spending the whole summer reading through the books of 1 and 2 Samuel. David’s example shows us that it is possible to live out our faith during challenges in our lives. It’s not always easy, and it’s not always pretty. Like David, we stumble and fall along the way. We sin and fall short of where God calls us, but in spite of that, the grace of God allows us to pick up the pieces, move forward, and carry on.
I have not told a whole lot of people, but I was in an accident this summer and totaled my car. I am okay and the other driver is okay too. It was a scary moment. The accident was my fault, but from the minute I walked out of my car I experienced grace and forgiveness. I went over to the other driver, apologized and asked if he was okay. He kindly replied, “Accidents happen and I am doing fine.” His kindness and words were unexpected in the midst of worry and crumbled cars.
Then a woman came over and brought a bottle of water to me. I didn’t think of it until later of how the reminder of baptism was handed to me in her gift of water. The water refreshed my dry mouth and helped me to calm down.
After that, Bethany arrived to help me and assured me that everything was going to be alright. She was kind and caring when I was shaken up and she gave me strength when I was feeling out of sorts.
God’s grace came to me through the man’s words, the first responder’s water, and Bethany’s kindness. God’s grace helps us to pick up the pieces, move forward, and carry on. We will fall short and stumble along the way, but be assured that Christ will pick us up, dust us off, and encourages us to keep living our lives to their fullest. Amen.