Grace to You
Grace, mercy, and peace from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ our Savior.
On Tuesday, November 15, 2005, Jeffrey Schrock was driving his five children to pick up their mother, Carolyn, when their pickup truck was hit by another driver going the opposite way. Jeffrey was badly injured, but all five of the children—ages twelve, ten, nine, five, and two—were killed. Carolyn Schrock, pregnant with the couple’s sixth child, visited the other driver in the hospital to express the family’s forgiveness. A newspaper account summarized her sentiments: “Love builds bridges; hate digs chasms.”
Some reading the account of the Schrock family’s loss might wonder, “Aren’t there human limits to forgiveness? Losing five children is pushing that limit.” Yes, there probably are human limits to grace and forgiveness. But the Schrock family was not drawing on human resources. Their actions and words reflected those of Scripture: “Grace, mercy, and peace from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.” Only those who have received the limitless grace of God can extend limitless grace to others.
If you have been wronged, build a bridge of grace. Let the grace you have received from God be the measure of grace you give.
The grace of God is outrageous. By normal human reason, it doesn’t make any sense.