Grace

It is heartening to know that God’s grace, His unmerited love, help and divine assistance is here for us. Now. For the world.  Even if we don’t work hard for it, beg for it, or plead.  Even if we don’t behave in ways that would seem to respect that love, or pray for it, it is there. Divine Love is so expansive, all encompassing and eternal that it seemingly doesn’t even notice that mankind is off centre, or out of sorts. ‘All is not well’ is currently where ‘All is Well’ should rightly be.

God is working his purpose out. The first verse of this  hymn speaks beautifully of this:  

God is working His purpose out

As year succeeds to year,

God is working His purpose out

And the time is drawing near;

Nearer and nearer draws the time,

The time that shall surely be,

When the earth shall be filled with

the glory of God

As the waters cover the sea.

We feel better when we are aligned, but many in the world are worried, distressed and frightened and the changes needed can feel heavily burdensome on the right actions of governments, systems, commerce, and industry.  This next verse asks what we can do:

What can we do to work God’s work,

To prosper and increase

The brotherhood of all mankind,

The reign of the Prince of Peace?

What can we do to hasten the time,

The time that shall surely be,

When the earth shall be filled with

the glory of God

As the waters cover the sea?

and the final verse reminds us that we have the strength of God, the light of Christ in front of us, and with those immeasurable joys that are ours by birthright, the love and truth we can see the evidence unfold merely by knowing it ourselves.  It is done.

March we forth in the strength of God

With the banner of Christ unfurled,

That the light of the glorious Gospel of truth

May shine throughout the world;

Fight we the fight with sorrow and sin,

To set their captives free,

That the earth may be filled with

the glory of God

As the waters cover the sea.

(Christian Science Hymnal, No.  82:1–3)

Blessings to you all, may your lives begin to realise the earth that is filled with the Glory of God.

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