Grace: I Need It Now

As TJ and I were driving home from Nashville on Sunday, I heard a song on the radio by Jimmy Needham that really captivated me.

“If I Ever Needed Grace”

It still feels like yesterday
A lifetime of empty days
My hungry heart was desperate for a meal
I feasted on the bread of life
Forgiveness pierced me like a knife
Your breath filled up my lungs and I could feel
I was broke and all I could say was

If I ever needed grace, it’s now
You are strong when I am weak, somehow
I am weak enough to see
I need you to cover me
If I ever needed grace, it’s now

I met the woman of my dreams
Wanted to give her everything
Then fear came like a thief in the night
But my journal pages prophesy
That one day I’d make her my bride
Soon my best friend was wearing white
With our lives ahead all I could say was

If I ever needed grace, it’s now
You are strong when I am weak, somehow
I am weak enough to see
I need you to cover me
If I ever needed grace, it’s now

In every joy and pain
Whatever comes my way
God I need your grace

Nine short months ’til she arrived
Little hands and lions eyes
And I’m so scared I don’t have what it takes
But I hear your voice sunday morning
Father give me eyes to see
All I need’s the power of your name

If I ever needed grace, it’s now
You are strong when I am weak, somehow
I am weak enough to see
I need you to cover me
If I ever needed grace
If I ever needed grace
If I ever needed grace, it’s now

He needed grace to become a believer.  He admits to needing grace as a new believer.  He hopes for grace as his marriage begins.  He understands his desparate need for grace as his first child was born.  WOW!  Did I write this song?  Those were my repeated prayers as well.  I very much needed grace during those seasons and God answered those prayers.  But my need for grace never stops.  Like the author of the song, I find myself in need of grace again today.

Now.

When do we all need grace?

Now.

Without it, we are without hope.  Without it, we cannot breath–figuratively or literally.  As I write these words, I am reeling from the news of the apparent suicide of Robin Williams.  I had no idea that he struggled with depression.  I am saddened to think of him in a position of hopelessness–that place of not knowing where to turn for help.

If I ever needed grace, it’s now.

And–thankfully–grace is available.  God is rich in grace and He willingly gives grace to those humble enough to ask.

“Grace be with you  all” (Heb. 13:25).

http://jimmyneedham.com/

 

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