Thought for the Day: Philip Yancey writes, “Grace, like water, flows to the lowest part.” I love the image, yet I would add that in the great reversal that is central to the teachings of Jesus (The first will be last and the last will be first -or- the tax collectors and prostitutes are entering the Kingdom of God ahead of the religious elite), where the lowly are lifted up, we find that grace adds buoyancy. It doesn’t just flow down hill, but it has the capacity to raise up what has been push down. I can still remember when Zach was little and it was bath time. Before turning on the water, the toys were tossed into the tub. As the water rose, so did the toys. Once in the water, Zach would often push them under water, only to be delighted when they’d bounce back to the surface. Sadly, for too many people, they know what it is like to be continually pushed back down. Yet it is grace, as proclaimed and lived by the church, that gives a sense of buoyancy to those who, time and time again, have been knocked down and held down. Grace flows to the lowest point, and then its buoyancy begins to lift what has been pushed down.
Prayer: Continue to lift us, O God of Grace, and as we rise may we share that lifesaving and buoyant power with others. Amen.
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