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But for the Grace of God
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By Nan Forehand
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But for the Grace of God

 

Dedicated to Lisa Trenski

a good lesson to remember

regardless of your gender

no matter how bad things are for you

someone else has it worse - that's true

think of the Englishman John Bradford

burned at the stake for sharing the Good Word

Mary Tudor had him imprisoned for a minor offense

yet, he received his heavenly recompense

as he saw a criminal going to execution for his foul deeds

John's  intent was to continue to plant good seeds

he said, "There, but for the grace of God go I"

must have said it with an expectant sigh

died as a martyr January 31, 1555

his spirit today is still alive

 

Titus 2:11-15

For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men.  It teaches us to say "No" to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, while we wait for the blessed hope - the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are his very own, eager to do what is good.

 


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Submitted: Friday, November 3, 2006

Last Updated: Friday, November 3, 2006

About the Poet
I grew up in rural North Carolina, married for 38 years to my best friend and soulmate, Allen, who retired almost 17 years ago from the Air Force after 24 years of service to our beloved America. We have a daughter, Ashley ( and son-in-law, Kris) and, a son, John, and, our two beautiful grand daughters, Amelia and Haley, and Isaac, our only grandson, all blessings from God. We have four cats; Mr. Peabody, Missy, aka Middle Kitty and Tabby, aka Little Kitty, and Gracie. I've seen a lot of hard times and God has always been here for me to see me through them. I am a vessel God can use to help others in need. If I could be described in one word, it would be that I am an encourager.


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