This quote is creditted to a man by the name ofJohn Bradford , a Protestant who was martyred in England in the 16th century.
On seeingseveral criminals being led into the scaffold he remarked, ‘there but for the grace of God’ goes John Bradford. His words without his name are still very common today.
I originally heard this phrase as a response to learning of someone else’s mistake or sin. It carried the message, “Take care not to point fingers or judge; you have your own struggles with imperfection and sin.”
John Bradford, however, was expressing gratitude for another day alive and the understanding that God was having mercy on him.
It seems that we could apply this both ways in our modern world:
It is true that we need God’s grace to live holy lives.
It is also true that we do well not to judge others or look on their circumstances without compassion and mercy.
What happens to one group of people can happen to another.
I am thinking of the ban on people from countries that are largely Muslim who want to travel to the United States. Brothers and sisters, the Bible says that we will face persecution. We are as vulnerable as Muslims, Iraqis, Sudanese, Syrians and all of the other people who are being denied entry, or even detained. That is why we must stand with them in resisting this injustice.
“There but for the grace of God go I.” Next time, it could be Christians.
The people who came to our feast today;
The ones who helped and gave.
The lovely flowers brought to us;
The treats we were pleased to have.
Expressions of warmth and gratitude;
People who showed they care;
Hope, excitement, joy and pleasure;
All we were privileged to share.
Sometimes, I have to dig and search,
Other times, blessings just come.
Either way, I give thanks for them:
God, friends, family, home.
George W. Bush’s proclamations came just two months after the September 11 tragedy. He stated that In thankfulness and humility, we acknowledge, especially now, our dependence on One
greater than ourselves.
All of the early Thanksgiving celebrations had one thing in common. The thanksgiving was directed toward God. It did not matter that many had very hard
times. The people knew that God was their creator and provider and that all good things ultimately came from Him. It is in this spirit that we bring you
the following passages from God’s Word:
Give thanks to the LORD, call on his name; make known among the nations what he has done.
–1 Chronicles 16:8; Psalm 105:1
Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
–1 Thessalonians 5:18
Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever.
1 Chronicles 16:34; Psalms 106:1;107:1; 118:1; 136:1
It is good to give thanks to the Lord, to sing praises to your name, O Most High.
Have a blessed and joyful Thanksgiving.