A trusted, loyal, faithful, and beloved friend stopped by your house with a gift in their hand.  The gift was completely unexpected and certainly you had done nothing to deserve.  The friend holds the gift in their hands and tells you -

"All you have to do is take the gift, unwrap the gift, and enjoy the gift always."

For the life of you, you cannot understand what you have done to warrant this beautiful gift.  The truth is you do not deserve the gift, but the giver is lovingly offering it anyway.  How great the depth of the love of such a friend.

It seems far too easy to merely take the gift.  There has to be more to it.  Why would anyone so generously offer you such?  It is difficult to comprehend the why's, but you are reminded ~ all you have to do is accept the gift.

With some question still in your mind, you accept the gift and slowly unwrap it.  Inside you find etched upon the sands of time ~ one word ~

You have been handed the gift of eternal life through the grace of Our Savior without deserving it and with no strings attached.  All you have to do is accept what you have been offered ~ the beautiful gift of life eternal with The Father.

My sweet neighbor and friend here in the hood sent this word.  Amazingly it was not one of the very first words sent in.  I began to ponder why?  Could there be some truth in us taking this beautiful gift for granted?  Living in the Deep South and, surrounded by like minded Believers a great deal of the time, have we become numb to the magnificence of this glorious gift we have been given?  Do we stop to ponder that one of the  very core beliefs of Christianity is GRACE?  Do we forget the cost of this precious gift?  Do we take for granted what was done for us so that God could offer us this gift?

I will leave this blog brief today, though I could write pages about this word.  Instead I leave you with these questions ~

Do you stop and consider the great cost of this most precious gift daily?

Is your door always open to the Giver of the Gift and is He welcome in your heart?

Do you remember your unworthiness to receive this gift?

Are you thankful for this deep, generous, faithful and abiding love which made the gift possible?

Do you remember the grace that was poured upon you so that you could always be in the presence of The Father?

"For it is by grace you have been saved,

through faith~

and this is not from yourselves.

it is the gift of God."

Ephesians 2:8

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  1. I love the questions you left with us to ponder, Lulu. No, I never, ever want to take God's amazing grace for granted, and you've reminded me here to give thanks for this undeserved gift each and every day.

  2. How easily we can forget what was done for us.
    Blessings, My Friend!

  3. Thank you for a good post with many questions to ponder, Lulu. We have so much to be thankful for.

    God bless.

  4. I came over from Victor's blog. Thank you for sharing this. We have much to be thankful for and often forget all that has been done for us. Very thoughtful post and thanking you for it. I try so hard to remember how good God is to me. I never want to stray from Him or fogot all He has done for me. Have a wonderful weekend.


Your comments keep my writing and often cause me to think. A written form of a hug or a pat on the back and an occasional slap into reality---I treasure them all!