We then looked at how evil the world was at the time of Noah, "Every inclination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil all the time" (Genesis 6:5). God's responded with much grief and this led to the flood. However, we also saw God's grace, especially to Noah and his family. Even in sinful times, God's grace is often present. We need to look for it..
After that message, we sung the song "the Power of the Cross." What a powerful song! Towards the end of the song when we were beginning to sing:
This, the pow'r of the cross: Christ became sin for us;
Took the blame, bore the wrath— We stand forgiven at the cross.
Oh, to see my name Written in the wounds,
For through Your suffering I am free. Death is crushed to death;
Life is mine to live, Won through Your selfless love.
I had the opportunity to take the prayers of confession or lists of sins that were laid on the altar, and I began to shred them through a paper shredder, one confession at a time. I was moved as it occurred to me that this is what Jesus did for me. Those sins are gone because of Jesus. They've been shredded symbolically. I began to weep. What grace! How undeserved! I was not only weeping for myself, but for others. Their sins were being shredded to be remembered no more.
We followed that song, "The Power of the Cross" with "My Chains are Gone." The writer of this song revised "Amazing Grace" by adding a chorus:
My chains are gone, I've been set free
My God, my Savior has ransomed me
And like a flood His mercy reigns
Unending love, amazing grace
Grace is a common theme lately for me; my lack but God's abundance. From the very beginning of time with Adam and Eve, right through Noah, right down through you and I, God's grace is there for us despite of ourselves and our rebelliousness against God. His grace is unending.