More Grace In God - August 2019
Linda and Dave McKechnie became friends several years ago when Dave served as an interim pastor at our church. Linda is a talented pianist and arranger and Dave is an outstanding preacher having served churches in several locations throughout the country.
For me, Dave's preaching was and still is like that of a combat surgeon. He gets in and gets out quickly but gets the job done, unlike other pastors who miss some good stopping places when they are preaching. Dave's messages are not long but they are power packed and he always has a great closer. His final thought is often worth the trip to church.
One of Dave's phrases that has stuck with me is, "There is more grace in God than sin in us." What a great thought! All of us are broken. We all fall short. We all miss the mark. And yet, God's grace is not only sufficient but abundant.
Growing up, I remember singing the gospel song "He Giveth More Grace," with a lyric by Annie Flint (1866-1932). She grew up as an orphan and developed rheumatoid arthritis in her twenties. Even through and maybe because of the pain, she endured and composed many great lyrics, poems and prose.
He giveth more grace when the burdens grow greater,
He sendedth more strength when the labors increase.
To added affliction He addeth his mercy,
To multiplied trials, His multiplied peace.
His love has no limit, His grace has no measure,
His power no boundary known until to men.
For out of his infinite riches in Jesus,
He giveth, and giveth and giveth again.
Whatever the challenge, whatever failure, whatever the disappointment, there is more grace in God.