All Grace

(By Rachel Joyce)

Have you ever wished you could go back and tell your younger self something - something that if you had only known, it would have made such a difference in your life?

Sometimes truth comes upon us gradually, little by little, like the first blush of dawn gently lessening the night’s blackness. Other times, it’s like a flash of lightning on a dark evening, a sudden, stark, and brilliant illumination.

I’ll never forget where I was when I first heard Tenth Avenue North’s song “By Your Side.” Although God had been gently teaching me about grace and although I knew that it was God’s grace which had brought me into God’s family, I hadn’t grasped the reality that He wanted me to live in the fullness of His grace - receiving it, resting in it, and letting it flow from me to others.

So the first few lines of the song burst upon my awareness with all the power and brilliance of a thunderbolt: