This Month's Theme: Grace Upon Grace
For from His fullness we have all received, grace upon grace. — John 1:16
The Grace-Filled Poet
Born on Christmas Eve in 1866, hymn writer Annie Johnson Flint learned about Jesus first from her parents, Eldon and Jean Johnson. When she was just three, Annie lost her mother and gained a new baby sister.
Annie’s father had limited resources and sent his daughters first to stay in the home of a relative who found it difficult to care for the girls and her own children.
Then God, in His providence, brought Annie and her sister into the household of Mr. and Mrs Flint, who would soon become their adoptive parents. The Flints continued to teach the young ladies about God and young Annie soon came to the Lord for salvation at a local evangelistic meeting.
As a child, Annie demonstrated a remarkable gift for poetry and started a two-person literary club with one of her friends. The two children would meet together to read poems and write poetry and they had a grand old time doing it!
Not long after high school Annie developed the beginning stages of arthritis which led to a life of physical pain in a wheelchair. Yet Annie’s poetical gift flourished along with her continual joy and service to others.
For the rest of her life, Annie supported herself by selling her poems to Christian magazines. She also made her own greeting cards and poetry books to sell to her growing audience of loyal readers.
Annie lived hand to mouth but made it clear to all that while it was her mouth, it was God’s hand!
Grace was a common theme in Miss Flint’s work including the hymn, “He Giveth More Grace” and this short poem:
His grace is great enough to meet the great things,
The crashing waves that overwhelm the soul,
The roaring winds that leave us stunned and breathless,
The sudden storms beyond our life's control.
His grace is great enough to meet the small things,
The little pin-prick troubles that annoy,
The insect worries, buzzing and persistent,
The squeaking wheels that grate upon our joy.
Hymn Study Outline
God Gives Us:
Lavish Grace (Stanza One)
Limitless Grace (Chorus)
Lasting Grace (Stanza Two)
Loyal Grace (Stanza Three)
Read & Relate
He Giveth More Grace
by Annie Johnson Flint, 1866-1932
He giveth more grace as our burdens grow greater,
He sendeth more strength as our labors increase;
To added affliction He addeth His mercy,
To multiplied trials He multiplies peace.
Deut. 33:25; James 4:6; Isa. 40:29; 2 Cor. 9:15; Eph. 1:7-10; John 16:33
His love has no limits, His grace has no measure,
His power no boundary known unto men;
For out of His infinite riches in Jesus
He giveth, and giveth, and giveth again.
Eph. 3:19; John 15:13; Eph. 1:6-7; Rom. 5:15; John 1:16
When we have exhausted our store of endurance,
When our strength has failed ere the day is half done,
When we reach the end of our hoarded resources
Our Father’s full giving is only begun.
1 Kings 17:7-16; Eph. 1:3; 2 Cor. 12:9; Heb. 4:16; 2 Peter 1:2; Ps. 23:5
Fear not that thy need shall exceed His provision,
Our God ever yearns His resources to share;
Lean hard on the arm everlasting, availing;
The Father both thee and thy load will upbear.
Matt. 7:7-8; Luke 11:13; James 1:17; Phil. 4:19; Deut. 33:27; Ps. 68:19
Reflect & Respond
According to GotQuestions.org, grace can be defined as "God's favor toward the unworthy" or "God's benevolence on the undeserving." We can think of this is a gift.
Mercy, on the other hand, is defined as God's withholding the punishment we do deserve.
Another way to say this is to say that grace is the presence of underserved blessings in our lives and mercy is the absence of deserved punishment. God's gift of salvation showcase both His grace and His mercy.
In what other ways, have you seen God's goodness and mercy in your own life?
Prayer: Lord, thank you for both your goodness and mercy which follow me all the days of my life. Help me to notice their presence even more.
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