Thursday, January 16, 2014

Just grace...


Hi dear friends.  For the past few days I have been dealing with the subject of grace...because it is so much part of my big "eucharisteo" word.  The greek word is CHARIS: and I read this :  Grace is God's unmerited favour.  It is kindness from God we don't deserve.  There is nothing we have done, nor can ever do to earn this favour.  It is a FREE gift.  Ephesians 2:8 says: "It is by GRACE we were saved through faith, and not of yourself."  Grace is the love of God shown to the unlovely, the peace of God given to the restless, the unmerited favour of God. Grace is most needed and best understood in the midst of sin, suffering and brokenness.  We live in a world of earning, deserving and merit, and these results in judgement.  Judgement kills...only grace makes alive.


Today has been a bittersweet day for us at the Mission.  Our dearest Lulu, who has been part of the Mission family for the past 9 years is moving on.  I can not help but think of that young mom, with her alcoholic husband and two children.  Lost, angry and bitter when she got here....how the grace of God has worked in this precious woman....and how she has grown in her knowledge and love of the Lord.  For the past two years she has played a vital part in the Mission and has been in charge of our reception office.  That is the beauty of the Mission.  Each and every staff member once arrived here....destitute, broken and rejected. They come to a place that accepts them unconditionally...a place where they can belong...and if they use the tools that they are given they become whole.

Sometimes the road to recovery is looonnng and sometimes it is shorter.  During this past nine years we have walked with Lulu....
....through her (true to life) "I didn't know I was pregnant"...until Jano was born in the ambulance.
....through her divorce.
....through the marriage of her daughter last year.
....and we have seen her grow and become whole.

Lulu has been a source of inspiration to so many.  She is a big woman with a big personality. She always laughs.  She never keeps grudges.  She has an amazing sense of humour.  She makes everyone laugh.  She is always prepared to listen to good advise. She is very mischievous and finds ways to entertain those around her. She will put on a blond wig and be "Mandy" who isn't part of the Mission and therefore doesn't need to abide by the rules. She has the biggest softest heart and every person that comes into the front office...no matter how dirty or smelly...will be treated with kindness and respect.

It is bittersweet to say goodbye...because we have come to love her.  She is going to leave a huge gap that nobody else would be able to fill.  At the Mission we become family...and when a family member moves it always leaves an ache.  The sweet part is that after nine years she is moving on to an office position in Vredenburg in the Western Cape.   She has overcome...and she has succeeded.   I am so proud of her.

I am humbled and so very thankful.

#43 ~ for this ministry and the impact it has

#44 ~ for being allowed to touch (gently) the lives of the broken

#45 ~ that He allows us to see the fruit of our labour

#46 ~ Lulu...that grabbed the opportunity she was given with both hands...and succeeded.

#47 ~ the amazing love (like a tangible thing) among the people in the Mission

#48 ~ seeing His grace at work and multiplied in the lives of people

xoxo

13 comments:

  1. She sounds like quite the beautiful soul!! I wish her the best as she moves on!!!!

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  2. I'm sure she'll be missed. But like they say, it is see you later not good bye.

    You know nice been toying with Grace this year and 2 Corinthians 12:9 keeps playing in my head. Now I have another verse to add . Thank you for sharing

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  3. I am sure Lulu will be missed by a lot of you!

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  4. This right here is what it's all about. Even if you do nothing else, to impact someone's life in this way, our God will say, "well done, good and faithful servant"

    XXX

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  5. What a wonderful story Lynette! Thank God for your Mission and for his Grace. Wishing Lulu all the best for the future. xx

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  6. I wish Lulu all the best for the future.

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  7. Good luck to her with moving on...hopefully she'll keep in touch and not completely disappear.

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  8. Seasons in life are filled with happy and sad moments, but always full of grace...

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  9. Lulu is living evidence of His grace and those who played a role in where she is in her life today. Thanks for sharing how you see grace.
    Hugs Desíre {Doing Life}

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  10. It is amazing to hear Lulu's story ... I will keep her in my prayers as she goes on her way to her new life. God bless you and Kobus for the good you do in others lives! You are a blessing!!!

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  11. Fantastic and soo cool boy´s layout Lynette!!! Your grands loooks so so pretty and grown up.Big congrats and thanks for stooping by my blog
    Hugs!!

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  12. Growth sometimes means change...and so I pray that growth and grace goes with Lulu! x

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  13. I do my best to embrace change & be excited by it but it really is not easy or even fun. I hope that things work out for Lulu & that your heart is filled with so much more from others in your care that you have no sorrow over missing Lulu but only happy thoughts!

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