There But For The Grace Of God
There Because Of The Grace Of God?
“The growth of grace is like the polishing of metals. There is first an opaque surface; by and by you see a spark darting out, then a strong light; till at length it sends back a perfect image of the sun that shines upon it.”
There but for the grace of God….. How often have we said this phrase when realizing that we might have been a hair’s breadth away from experiencing some calamitous event in our lives? Yes, we were lucky…..or were we? Perhaps there was some divine intervention at play in keeping us safe and our feet on the straight and narrow……at least for now. But what about the next time? Will we be as fortunate?
Most of us can never hope to understand all the dynamics that come into play and have the potential to affect our lives as we live each moment any more than we can directly cause the changing of the elements on Saturn! But what we can do is try to live the best lives as the best people it is humanly possible to be and that means treating others, whether we know them or not with fairness and all the respect we can manage. Sometimes that can be a challenge, especially if we are upset or feeling helpless, especially during a time of crisis. But then remember that this is the time we need to rally the troops around us not divide ourselves from others through our behavior, whether that is what we intended, or not! That is the moral of a story I’m going to share with you all today. It is another one from “Godvine”, and its message is one that should be taken to heart, and lived!
There but for the grace of God…..Or there because of the grace of God?
A doctor entered the hospital in hurry after being called in for an urgent surgery. He answered the call A.S.A.P., changed his clothes and went directly to the surgery suite. He found the boy’s father pacing back and forth in the hall, as he was waiting for the surgeon to arrive. Upon seeing him, the father yelled angrily, “Why did it take you all this time to come? Don’t you know that my son’s life is in danger? Don’t you have any sense of responsibility?”
The doctor smiled and said, “I am sorry. I wasn’t in the hospital and I came the fastest I could after receiving the call… And now, I wish you’d calm down so that I can do my work!”
“Calm down? What if your son was in this room right now? Would you calm down? If your own son dies now what will you do??” said the father angrily.
The doctor smiled again and replied: “I will say what Job said in the Holy Book “From dust we came and to dust we return, blessed be the name of God”. Doctors can not prolong lives. Go, say a prayer, and intercede for your son. We will do our best by God’s grace, here in the operating room.”
“Giving advice when we’re not concerned is so easy,” murmured the father.
The surgery took some hours after which the doctor exited happily, “Thank goodness! Your son is saved!” Without waiting for the father’s reply he carried on his way running. “If you have any questions, ask the nurse!!”
“Why is he so arrogant? He couldn’t even wait a few minutes so that I might ask about my son’s state,” commented the father when seeing the nurse minutes after the doctor left.
The nurse answered, tears coming down her face: “His son died yesterday in an automobile accident. He was at the funeral when we called him for your son’s surgery. And now that he saved your son’s life, he left, running, to finish burying his son.”
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