Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Grace [in place of] Grace

“Of his fullness have all we received, and grace for grace.” ~ John 1:16

Have you ever sat by a stream for hours, mesmerized by its constant movement?

It doesn’t sit stagnant.  It’s constantly flowing.
It never runs out.

There’s always new water to fill the place where the “old” has already been. 

Amy Carmichael says that’s what grace is like. 

“Grace for grace” means “grace [in place of] grace.” 
Grace in place of grace that was there before. 

Like a constantly flowing stream that never empties, grace never runs out.

Tomorrow comes, and new grace takes the place of the grace we needed yesterday.
As that grace is no longer needed, new grace arrives to take its place.
Always around the corner is new grace.
“Grace for Grace.”

Our need for grace seems to chase us sometimes.

Why are frustrations allowed to remain? 
Why must we endure day after day the ever-present hopeless needs that can’t seem to ever go away?
Why can’t they just go away . . . .?

Maybe a better question is . . . . Why do we try to escape our need for grace?

Our Father allows the need for grace to keep us in His grip.  
To keep us touched by grace.
To keep us realizing that grace will always be there.

A constantly flowing supply that never runs out. 
Always there.

And always around the corner.

“Grace [in place of] Grace.”


  1. Great thoughts! I was especially brought up short by your question, "Why do we try to escape our need for grace?" Why indeed?!

  2. Thank you, Violet. It's much easier to ask this question than to live in the reality of it, isn't it? We do need grace! Every day.

  3. "Through the LORD's mercies we are not consumed, Because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness. 'The LORD is my portion,' says my soul, 'Therefore I hope in Him!'"