Our bubble of grace
But grace was given to each one of us according to the measure of Christ’s gift.
Ephesians 4:7 (ESV)
Recently in a church prayer group one of our members, a quiet gentle lady, mentioned in prayer the words ‘our bubble of grace’. As someone who lives alone it resonated with me. Over the Christmas period my family bubble all contracted COVID so the physical contact with them ceased for a considerable time. Despite phone calls, texts, and zoom calls I missed them. The weather prevented me from sitting in the garden to greet neighbours and my dog was a poor conversationalist!
Lockdown has, at some point, got most of us down – we human beings are generally social beings – as John Donne wrote in 1624 ‘no man is an island entire of itself’. God said in Genesis 2:18, “It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper fit for him.” God intended humanity to be interdependent – to love and serve each other (John 13:34-35).
No matter what situation the world finds itself in God will always provide for us, His children. We are in His ‘bubble of grace’. We are never alone. Our Saviour will never leave us nor forsake us – He gives us peace in time of trouble. John 14:27 states, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.”
During our ‘low’ moments, let us hold tenaciously to the exhortation in Hebrews 4:16 ‘Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.’
Our ‘bubble of grace’ is not confined to a few family members – it includes the Father, Son and Holy Spirit and the heavenly hosts. We can be confident of that. Why? Because He said so!
Loving Father and constant Provider, thank you for always being with us through the highs and lows of life; strengthen our faith that we can look forward to a future eternally with you.
Study by Irene Wilson
About the writer:
Irene Wilson is a Deaconess in the Watford congregation of Grace Communion International, where she also serves on the Pastoral Council.
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