Words from the Heart for Thursday January 28th, 2021
May God be gracious to us and bless us and make his face shine on us—so that your ways may be known on earth, your salvation among all nations.
Psalm 67:1-2 (NIV)
May God be Gracious
John Ridsdel, a 68-year-old man with Saskatchewan ties who was killed by hostage-takers in the Philippines in 2016 was a brilliant, compassionate man with a talent for friendship. His lifelong friend Gerald Thurston, who grew up with Ridsdel in Yorkton and worked with him in Regina, said: “He could bridge many communities, many people, many situations and circumstances and environments in a very gentle way. He was just a really warm, gracious person with a really nice smile. I remember that very well.”
The world loves the hymn Amazing Grace. It is played – and sung – at all sorts of events and locales, even by those who don’t have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. I wonder what they think as they sing the words “amazing grace, how sweet the sound, that saved a wretch like me.” Grace is at the heart of the Christian faith. All we have in Jesus is by grace – given to us because God loves us and has provided all we need through Jesus Christ. The Psalmist, who lived centuries before Jesus was born, wrote these words in Psalm 67:1-2: “May God be gracious to us and bless us and make his face shine on us—so that your ways may be known on earth, your salvation among all nations.” God answered David’s prayer when He sent Jesus. He is the One who saved a wretch like me. And the result over the past two millennia is that millions of men, women and children have come into a transforming relationship with God, experiencing His graciousness, from every nation, tribe and language on the planet. God has been gracious to us and His salvation has reached all nations.
These have been words from the heart.