This morning I was listening to a song “And Now My Lifesong Sings,” by Casting Crowns. It is a simple arrangement using the words from “Amazing Grace.” It always stirs me emotionally and especially today as the funeral is held for my colleague in Muncie, Indiana. The song reminds me that we are daily sustained by grace. Our own energy, positive encouragement, sustaining goals, and a strong support system are important but ultimately it is grace – sheer grace that sustains us.
Every Sunday a friend comes up to me before, during, or after the worship service to remind me of those powerful biblical words, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness. ” (2 Cor 12:9) It is one of those sustaining moments of my week. When he’s traveling and not there to say them – before I walk out on the stage I softly repeat them to myself and lift my eyes to the heavens with thanksgiving. Francis of Assisi once said, “Above all the grace and the gifts that Christ gives to his beloved is that of overcoming self.” We are so wrapped up in ourselves most of the time we don’t see the bigger picture – the wider world – the places affected by our butterfly wing life. I don’t want to minimize our life – I want us to realize its importance in the bigger picture of life. It is grace that not only sustains us but allows our “lifesong” to be sung by others. We never know how our contribution, big or small, will affect the world around us and the people in it. To lose yourself does not minimize who you are – it is giving yourself over to the grace of the Creator and relaxing in the majesty of the Composer.