Surprising Grace!

“Just for You!’ reflection

Pastor Jerry Kulp

June 25, 2020

22 “But his father said to the servants, ‘Quick! Bring the finest robe in the house and put it on him. Get a ring for his finger and sandals for his feet. 23 And kill the calf we have been fattening. We must celebrate with a feast, 24 for this son of mine was dead and has now returned to life. He was lost, but now he is found.’ So the party began.

Luke 15:22-24 (NLT)

Greetings my friends!

Recently I have been reading a book called “Still Laughing, Still Learning” by an author named Bill Chadwick. The author shared a story where when he was young, through the 8th grade he had only received “A’s and B’s” on his report card. Then suddenly with the introduction in his life of a new romance he received two “C’s” on his report card.

Immediately this story got my attention as it transported back to my own childhood days and “report card day!” The anxiety, fear, and the idea that I could disappoint my parents with “bad grades.” I could feel the author’s pain as he wrote about the feelings that were coursing through his body as he quietly awaited one of his parents to come up to his bed room and share their feelings about the “C’s” he received.

Let me now use his direct quote as to what happened next in the story.

“My dad sat down on the bed. For a moment, he looked at his hands folded in his lap. With a thoughtful expression, he raised his gaze and stated flatly, “We saw your report card.” I nodded.

Getting no verbal response, he continued. “Your mother thought that I should talk to you about those C’s.”

I nodded again.