Your Grace Is Sufficient: A Reflection for Palm Sunday

By Noreen Douglas

 

Give thanks unto God for the grace He has provided for us,

even when we don’t believe.

Every morning He has awakened us,

give thanks for His grace.

Each day we experience challenges, whether the same or new,

give thanks for His grace.

For personalities that are like ours, or not,

give thanks for His grace.

The hurt and pain we experience through our circumstances,

give thanks for His grace.

The sufferings we endure in our mind and body,

give thanks for His grace.

The choices we or others have chosen that cause pain or even death,

give thanks for His grace.

You Lord have given us the grace to repent and to forgive,

We give thanks for Your grace.

To be able to serve and meet the needs of the unlovable,

give thanks for His grace.

To accept what is difficult and still be content,

give thanks for His grace.

To smile when there seems to be nothing to smile about,

give thanks for His grace.

To speak encouragement even when it isn’t given,

give thanks for His grace.

Because of this day we have been given the grace to do all things

in You, through You and for You.

Therefore we give thanks for Your grace.

FOR YOUR GRACE IS SUFFICIENT!

 

-Noreen Douglas is the housekeeper for the Mission Helpers.

 

 

 

Lord, Make Us Turn to You.

A reflection for the fourth Sunday of Advent.

By Noreen Douglas

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 “Lord, make us turn to you; let us see your face and we shall be saved.” (from the responsorial psalm).

In a forever changing world, we have this truth in our hearts. We humble ourselves through the wars of life, while being full of hope through the obedience of our faith. We rely on our faith to lead, to guide, to help, even to comfort us in all the details of our lives.

Therefore, we surrender our understanding, our time, our feelings, even our lives to allow our faith in God to be seen in this forever changing world.  We, too, cry out “Lord, make us turn to you; let us see your face and we shall be saved.”

Through our love one to another we reflect God’s promises. We show his long-suffering and patience as we take on the trials of this conformed world with the compassion and understanding of our faith. We celebrate the newness and freshness of each day with gladness in our hearts.

We stand ready and willing to surrender to his will…ready to heed the mandate to “love your neighbor as yourself,” as we, too, cry out “Lord, make us turn to you; let us see your face and we shall be saved.”

We celebrate God’s promises with every breath of our lives through our obedience to our faith in God. Like Mary in today’s Gospel acclamation, we respond in this forever changing world, “I am yours, Lord. May it be done to me according to your word.”

Alleluia!

(Noreen Douglas is employed as the housekeeper at the Mission Helper Center. She and her husband, Rob, serve as Campus Life Directors at the Loch Raven campus of Metro Maryland Youth for Christ.)