The Grace of God

Titus 2:11-12 – 11 For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all men, 12 instructing us to deny ungodliness and worldly desires and to live sensibly, righteously and godly in the present age,
 
Recently, I read of a tragic story of a mom and son driving on the 57 freeway when a piece of metal came through the front windshield stricking the 17 year-old son in the neck and face. Because of his injuries, this young man died several days later. His name was Ethan Hawk. I was blessed to have met Ethan 1 year earlier as his high school football team was playing the team I coached. It was during that game that Ethan suffered a significant leg injury that required surgery. A few days after his leg injury, I went and visited Ethan in the hospital. I was struck by his positive attitude and the joy he had. No, he did not complain or say that it was unfair. He was smiling, laughing and telling me that the next year he would be back and his team would beat us. True to his word, Ethan did make it back and started every game this past year for his team and, yes, they did beat my former team.
I was personally struck by the tragedy, pain and suffering that this young man and his family endured the last 18 months of his life. Yet, through all of the tragedy, his joy remained because his parents had taught him about Jesus and because of their guidance, Ethan had a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. In just a few days, we will celebrate Christmas, “11 For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all men,”. It was this grace that gave Ethan his salvation and it is in Ethan’s salvation that his parents can find peace. Jesus came to earth so that Ethan can now be in heaven. While this will be his families first Christmas without Ethan, they can take comfort in knowing that this is Ethan’s first Christmas with Jesus in Heaven. Let’s not get caught up in the “unimportant” that we lose sight of what is truly important in our life.
I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!

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