Saved Through Faith and Grace

Dear Disciples of Jesus at American Lutheran,

We are now more than halfway through the season of Lent, a time when we courageously face the darkness in order to live fully in the light of God’s grace. In Paul’s letter to the church at Ephesus, we are reminded that “by grace [we] have been saved through faith” (Ephesians 2:8). The Gospel reading this Sunday also reminds us of the grace that saves us: “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life” (John 3:16).

In her poem The Avowal, Denise Levertov paints another picture of the gift of God’s grace into which we are invited to trust.

As swimmers dare
to lie face to the sky
and water bears them,
as hawks rest upon air
and air sustains them,
so would I learn to attain
free fall, and float
into Creator Spirit’s deep embrace,
knowing no effort earns
that all-surrounding grace.

See you in church,
Pastor Gretchen

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