Daily Word of Grace: October 6, 2020

One of the biggest hits from one of my favorite albums from the 90’s, the brilliant 1995 (What’s the Story) Morning Glory by Oasis, is “Don’t Look Back in Anger”, a song about not getting stuck in anger due to one’s past.  Noel Gallagher sings, “Slip inside the eye of your mind, don’t you know you might find a better place to play.  You said that you’d never been but all the things that you’ve seen slowly fade away… And so Sally can wait, she knows it’s too late as w”re walking on by.  Her soul slides away but don’t look back in anger I heard you say.”  It is easy to get stuck in the past, mired in anger about what could have been or would have been or should have been-which always causes our soul, like Sally’s in the song, to slide away.  But in scripture we are exhorted to move forward and focus on the grace of God in Jesus Christ, rather than anger about the past: “This one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the heavenly call of God in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 3:13-14).  The grace of God can transform our looking back in anger to looking back with gratitude, and looking ahead with hope to the One who loves us so much he thought we were worth dying for.

Love and Prayers,