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People of Grace

I thank my God in all my remembrance of you…

God has put a lot of people into my life and as I reflect upon the regular thread of relationships over the years I can see God’s hand of grace.

In High School it was Gary, Kirk, and Peter.  In College it was Ford and Roy. In Seminary it was Jeff and Brad.  In Anaheim Hills it was Terry, John, and Brian.  In Nuevo the list is long! It is all of you, the church.  And I practice giving thanks for you in my every remembrance of you.

The common thread in all these people was their connection to me as the church, the body of Christ.  God placed them in my life for friendship, encouragement, partnership, inspiration, challenge and confrontation.  And I thank God for them, and for all those unnamed as well.

But over the course of years, there were other relationships and contacts.  Not all were good memories.  There was the woman who called me a used car salesman.  There was the friend who turned against me at a time of crisis.  There were people who simply disappeared with no explanation.  And I thank God for these as well.  There were lessons in these relationships as well – lessons tempered and seasoned by the grace of God.

So who are you thankful for in the body?  God has placed people in your path on a regular basis – it is a provision for you from the bounty of His grace.  Make a list of people from your own history and people who are part of your church that you can give thanks for every time you remember them.

God has also put you into the path of many people.  Is your residue a residue of grace? Are they giving thanks for your presence in their lives?

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