Not a Thornless Life, But Never a Graceless Day

Each time he said, ‘My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.’ So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me”. 2 Cor. 12:9

Heavenly Father, what a great verse to sit in all week-long. You gave Paul “sufficient grace” for his “thorn in the flesh”—though he really wanted to be thorn-free. You haven’t promised us a thornless life, but we’ll never know a graceless day. Thank you.

For our “thorns in the flesh”: Grant us grace to accept the inconvenient, limiting, painful things going on in our bodies. Make Jesus more near and dear to us. Increase our mercy for fellow sufferers.

For our “burrs in the saddle”: Father, some of us are dealing with irritating people and aggravating circumstances. Give us bigger hearts and thicker skins, wisdom from above and grace on the ground.

For our “punches in the gut”: Some of us are reeling from fresh disappointments, betrayals, or losses. Thank you for being a “Father of compassion and God of all comfort.” Help us catch our breath, gain perspective, and experience your calming, centering presence all week long.

For our “arrows to the heart”: Nothing hurts as much as relational pain. Father, grant us the grace we need to love well in messy, complex situations. You gave Jesus to us and for us. Certainly, we can trust you for everything else we really need. So very Amen we pray, in Jesus’ tender and triumphant name.