From his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace. (John 1:16 NRSV)Talk about a big mistake! A cake decorator was asked by a bride to inscribe I John 4:18 on a wedding cake: "There is no fear in love, but perfect love casteth out fear." Unfortunately, the decorator didn't know the Bible very well. So, instead of putting the words from I John 4:18 on the cake, the decorator wrote the words from the Gospel of John 4:18. They read like this: "You have had five husbands, and the man you now have is not your husband." The bride and groom did not see the cake until their reception, as they were getting ready to cut it.
John 4:18 is about the Samaritan woman Jesus encountered at the well. Her life was a mess, but she was not a mistake. Our lives may be a mess. We may feel like God is far from us. But, we are not a mistake. God's grace was sufficient for the Samaritan woman, and it is sufficient for us!
Dear God, may your grace and love touch me and those I serve. Amen