Daily Word of Grace # 169 (November 6, 2020)

An often overlooked brilliant singer-songwriter is Kris Kristofferson, who wrote “Me and Bobby McGee” (one of Janis Joplin’s most famous hits), “Sunday Morning Comin’ Down” (a hit for Johnny Cash) and many others.  In addition to being a songwriter he has been a Rhodes Scholar, an Army Ranger, and an accomplished actor.  And yet late in his life, in spite of all his accomplishments and acclaim, he wrote a beautiful prayer of a song called “Why Me?” in which he asks: “Why me Lord?  What have I ever done to deserve even one of the pleasures I’ve known.  Tell me Lord, what did I ever do that was worth the kindness you’ve shown?  Lord help me.  Jesus, I’ve wasted it so.  Help me, Jesus, I know what I am.  Now that I know that I need you so.  Help me, Jesus, my soul’s in your hand.”  You and I will probably never be as accomplished as Kris Kristofferson, but we can certainly ask the same questions, “Why me, Lord?“  The answer to that “why” is because the Lord loves us all more than we can imagine with unconditional love that always gives more than anyone deserves.  None of us is deserving of the kindness God has shown us all in Jesus Christ and yet the Lord has given, continues to give, and will forever give us that undeserved kindness (Titus 3:4-5).  “Why me?”  Because God remains “the God of all grace” (1 Peter 5:10).

Love and Prayers,