For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God. Ephesians 2:8 NRSV

Thought

Pain and sorrow are vanquished by faith. Death is rendered powerless as you, at last, pass through the valley of the shadow of death in full faith and grief is no more. Death does not leave you ambivalent in your resolve to claim new life in the victory over death. God’s saving grace through Christ is freely given to you through faith. Thanks be to God for the gift of life and eternity. “The righteousness of God is revealed through faith for faith; as it is written, ‘The one who is righteous will live by faith’ ” (Romans 1:17 NRSV).

Prayer

God, I have done nothing to merit or earn your saving grace. May I receive it with a heart of faith in gratitude for Christ. Amen.

Assurance

I will live by faith.

Originally published in Beyond the Broken Heart - Daily Devotions for Your Grief Journey,
Abingdon Press 2012