Anglican Lutheran Lenten Reflections

Anglican Lutheran Lenten Reflections

Amazing Grace (Ephesians 2:4–10)

Daily Lenten Reflection - Monday, 6 March 2017

Week 2: Liberated by God’s Grace

Week 2, Day 2

“Evening and Morning,” verse 4, Paul Gerhard (1607–1676)

To God in heaven all praise be given!

O God, we offer and gladly proffer

Gifts from your hand; these alone you will prize:

Hearts that receive you and faith to believe you;

Hymns that adore you are precious before you

And to your throne like sweet incense arise.

Amazing Grace (Ephesians 2:4–10)

Camilla Weiss Bohl, Lutheran, Paraguay

But God, who is rich in mercy, out of the great love with which he loved us even when we were dead through our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved—and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the ages to come he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God—not the result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are what he has made us, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand to be our way of life. 

The theme of God’s grace has always caught my attention. It gives me great joy to know that we have a God who is so good and does not ask anything in return; a God who is not for sale and out of love cares for us and protects us.

Sometimes it was hard for me to understand the grace of God. We are so used to being expected to do something in return for everything. What really surprised me was simply freely to receive the love of God. Thanks to my confirmation class and the church youth camps, I could see that God does not ask anything in return from us and gives us God’s love, forgiveness and salvation for free.

We had an enriching experience with our youth group. At Christmas time we visited a young man, who had had a motorbike accident, which had left him quadriplegic. We were going to visit him at his home, sing songs, bring joy and share Holy Communion with him. I was truly impressed by this young man. Despite needing assistance when undertaking any physical activity, he was filled with joy and faith. Our youth group had the impression that we, the ones who had visited him, received far more from him than he did from us.

That experience marked my life and helped me to see with my own eyes the grace of God which, rather like wanting to see the wind, is so hard to see but, like a gentle breeze on my face, so nice to feel.

Wherever you are, as you are, I invite you to receive the goodness of God, because it comes by grace and love.

“On the occasion of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, the Anglican-Lutheran International Coordinating Committee has compiled a collection of Lenten reflections to commemorate the anniversary. The text can be used by small groups or individual, as a Lenten reading or as a resource for the weeks between Easter and Trinity Sunday. We are sharing these reflections daily during Lent, hoping that our common experience of God’s grace may draw our two families of churches closer together in this extraordinary year, and be used beyond 2017 and actually at any time.”