The Lord is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and rich in love. The Lord is good to all: he has compassion on all he has made.
“Amazing grace, how sweet the sound…” Not only a sweet sound, but as Dr. Snyder says: “What a relief! God could have been anything he wanted to be, but he is actually gracious and compassionate. In our Western or ‘Christianized’ world we’re so used to hearing about ‘amazing grace’ that it doesn’t seem so amazing anymore.”
“…Whatever pain we may be going through right now, he’s nearer than we might think. He understands how we feel, even the things we can’t express or that no one else ever knows. He feels for us in ways we can’t even imagine, and he always cares enough to pick us up where we are and to carry us to that place of hope and joy he tailor-makes just for us.”
TODAY’S PRAYER: Begin by thanking God for his extravagant mercy and patience toward you. Then ask him to bring to mind all the people who have offended or hurt you and are in need of your mercy and patience. Make this your prayer project for the day.