Faithful Goodness

The Lord is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love. – (Psalm 103:8, NIV)

The Lord is kind and merciful. He is patient and full of love. – (Psalm 103:8, ERV)

Lord, You’re so kind and tenderhearted and so patient with people who fail You! Your love is like a flooding river overflowing its banks with kindness. – (Psalm 103:8, TPT)

I don’t know about you, but I am so grateful for the Lord’s kindness and grace. This last year plus, I have been abundantly aware of His patience and faithful love as so much of what I have always known, has changed. In my career, I have had to completely change the way I teach, lost the opportunity to coach at my middle school, yet gained the chance to take on a head coaching position at my high school. Through it all, God’s grace, patience and love has been incredibly clear, despite my repeated failures as I learn so much new. Because I have been shown His compassion, grace, patience and love, I am compelled to do the same. Again, I fall short over and over again, but am picked up, dusted off, and encouraged to press on. May we ever seek the Lord and His loving kindness so that we too, may love like Him.

O Lord, I’m grateful,

For goodness and grace;

Your loving kindness,

With me in this space.

The space of the new,

Where failures go on;

Your faithful goodness,

Is what makes me strong.

Strong to choose to love,

In all that I do;

To honor Your Name,

And depend on You.

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for Your compassion, grace, kindness and love that is poured out abundantly to all who seek Your face. Thank You that Your love does not waiver in our failures. Forgive us for each time we neglect to love like You. Teach us to turn to You to lead us and guide us in Your goodness and grace. Show us how to love those around us in the same way that You do. May many come into a lasting relationship with You. Be glorified O God, as we praise You and seek to love others like You. Amen.

© Shannon Elizabeth Grabrick and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present

Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. – Colossians 3:12

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