Yesterday after I completed an interview with a writer from Canadian Press I decided to go check our mail to see if there was anything interesting in the box.
When I find another key inside I always feel just a bit excited because bad news never arrives in the larger parcel box.
Inside I found a small parcel from MennoMedia and smiled because I knew what I would find inside.
Some time ago I had been asked if I would write a story about about experiencing God’s abundant grace in my life and submit it for possible publication in the new book being compiled about stories of grace in everyday peoples lives.
I knew almost immediately what I would write about and over the course of several days I poured my heart into the story that most reflects how God's grace changed the family I was born into.
Parcel in hand...
I arrived home... opened up the brown paper package...
removed the book and ran out to show my beloved.
"They published my story"...I told him.
So much of my Mom has been poured into Mennonite Girls Can Cook but this story...
is about my Dad and it is an account of love and courage and determination by a young couple and a testimony about God who knows our stories long before our hearts begin to beat.
Last night I read the Foreword by Donald Kraybill.
He titled it ...When Grace Walks in the Door.
The grace and forgiveness offered by the Amish people who lived through the unimaginable school shooting at Nickel Mines, Pennsylvania is an example of grace I can't fathom.
The introduction written by Melodie Davis who compiled the fifty stories tells how the idea began and how a discussion in a lunch room resulted in a inspiring set of real life stories that will leave the reader tempted to read one story after another in one sitting.
Melodie encourages the reader to read one story at a time..
maybe even one a week over a period of a year.
It's just so hard to stop reading when each story is unique, compelling, encouraging and inspiring.
Do you know someone who would be encouraged by stories simply written from the hearts of those whose lives have been touched by grace?
Fifty Shades of Grace
Stories of Inspiration and Promise.
all for now...