Jump directly to the Content

Unexpected Grace

God is at work through the most unlikely people. A helpful reminder for us self-important types.

Some of the most important moments of faith do not come from the places we expect. They may not come from behind a pulpit or an altar, in corporate worship, or during a retreat. Those of us leading congregations are often tempted to think God works through us most. In our best moments, we are able to point to God's work and simply step aside. But sometimes we forget that the Spirit of God is working even harder than we are. Sometimes this can catch us off guard. Like when I met Annie.

Annie was sitting outside the doors of our sanctuary. She had a battered, plastic blue shovel in one hand, her father's hand in the other, and drool dripping on her shirt. Her father looked tired. No—beaten. Beaten by the unfulfilled dreams his daughter's disease stole from him. Beaten by the guilt of wanting something more for his child. Frustrated at a God who would allow his daughter not to be "normal."

I had just finished leading our children's worship when I saw his daughter. To my naive surprise, Annie ...

Subscriber access only You have reached the end of this Article Preview

To continue reading, subscribe to Christianity Today magazine. Subscribers have full digital access to CT Pastors articles.

Homepage Subscription Panel

Read These Next

The Sound of Ministry
The Sound of Ministry
This weekend, listen to your ministry.
From the Magazine
What Comes After the Ex-Gay Movement? The Same Thing That Came Before.
What Comes After the Ex-Gay Movement? The Same Thing That Came Before.
Grace takes more forms than heterosexuality, as old-school evangelical leaders once knew.
Editor's Pick
Hard-Copy Bibles Aren’t Just Nostalgic
Hard-Copy Bibles Aren’t Just Nostalgic
As a seminary professor, I’m requiring the physical book in class. Church should do the same.