There but for the Grace of God
While driving home one day last week I was sitting at a red traffic light, and as it always does, my mind began to wander. I found myself attempting to quote a statement many of us have heard at one point in our lives: “There but for the grace of God go I.” Of course I misquoted it but nevertheless I found myself in thought of thanksgiving for my blessings. Then I became curious as to where this statement originated, so I “Googled” it. There appears to be no definitive accrediting of this to any one individual, but most indicate that it was made by a man named John Bradford. Mr. Bradford lived in the 1500’s, reportedly born into a well-to-do family and was educated at Cambridge University in England. Of Protestant faith, he later became a preacher and was martyred by Mary Tudor who ascended to the throne of England.
I was thinking that there was a passage in the Bible that is very close to the quote attributed to Mr. Bradford. While the Bible is full of passages that use the word “grace” or passages referencing grace, most of them are found in the New Testament. I guess the passage that I was thinking of was from 1 Corinthians 15:10 where Paul is speaking of the resurrection of Christ and how he (Paul) was witness to Christ after the resurrection.
Note about Holiday Service Times
We will resume our regular Wednesday night services on Dec 31, New Year's Eve.
Hope you have a blessed Christmas Eve!
New Class Materials
Between the Testaments