Grace Upon Grace | Part 3

For from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace.

John 1:16

“Grace upon grace” – what does that even mean? It sounds beautiful. Poetic, really. But is there any depth to these words? They may have been relevant in the disciples’ day, but do they have any meaning for us today? Are they still relevant?

In a single word: Yes.

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Did God Forget About Me?

God sees my ways and counts every step I take. (Job 31:4)

There is nothing random about God. There may be days when you feel like He’s forgotten about you. But regardless of how you feel, He hasn’t.

God doesn’t just check in on us occasionally, He’s an ever-present God who is intimately acquainted with us. He knows every hair on our heads and He counts every single step that we take.

I don’t know how many hairs are on my head, and even the two pedometers on my phone can’t seem to come up with the same number at the end of the day for how many steps I’ve taken! But God knows when a hair falls from your head and keeps a record of the steps you’ve taken. If this is true, if He’s keeping track of these insignificant things about your life, do you think that He will forget about anything important?

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Honor Thy Uncles & Aunties

In the Indian community, we affectionately call men & women in our community “uncles” and “aunties”. There seems to be a huge disconnect between our two generations because of the VASTLY different cultures that we both grew up in. Indian and American cultures are completely different, so understandably, we get ourselves into misunderstandings pretty often. For example, although an aunty may think she’s doing me a favor by mentioning I gained a little weight so that I can work on shedding a few pounds, I spiral into a deep depression instead, and wonder how many social events I can skip to avoid seeing her until I look like a Skinny Mini version of myself. Or, (and this is my favorite), when we get phone calls from our parents when we’re with our friends, and they talk as loud as when they’re trying to reach their relatives in India on a bad phone connection? Little things like this may cause a rift between the older generation and younger ones, and sometimes it can last much longer than we expect it to.

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Grace Upon Grace | Part 2

In last week’s post, Grace Upon Grace | Part 1, we established that we’re all different. Every single one of us is unique in our own way. Not one of us has the same story. Not one of us has the same past, present, or future. So that being said, how can it be that people from all walks of life, all backgrounds and cultures, questionable or not, find themselves at the heart of a single story?

It’s clear we have nothing to do with it. So where does that leave us?

It leaves us at the foot of the Cross. It leaves us forever changed. It leaves us at the shore of the vast ocean before us that is GRACE.

For from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace.

John 1:16

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