Monday, May 01, 2006

Grace Out of Ashes

I've had the privilege of baptizing many people, but never anyone 96-years-old.

Yesterday I baptized Violet at our local nursing home. Her daughter, son-in-law, and four of her grandchildren were happy onlookers.

Violet is the mother of Betty, who recently died in a farm accident. Violet has been a follower of Jesus for a long time, but the death of her daughter prompted her to draw closer to her Savior.

Betty's death has created that response in many of us. Out of the ashes of sorrow, it's comforting to see God's grace rise up.

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