Tuesday, April 19, 2011

But for the grace of God

There, but for the grace of God go I.
John Bradford

But for the Grace of God

written by: Nan Forehand
November 2, 2006

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 NIV
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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