As I did my morning ritual of checking social media before I head out for work, I read an article about a tragic death in our area. In an attempt to get away from the police, a 19-year-Old drove off the road into someone’s basement, killing a 39-year-Old lady who was asleep. Later today, I saw where the young man asked the judge to deny bond and he apologized to the victim’s family. The mother of the woman who was tragically killed extended grace to this young man, telling him she would be praying for him and his family.
Honestly, I do not know what I would do in such a situation. None of us wishes to have a child die before us, but many experience this great heartache. This didn’t have to happen. This mother saw a bigger picture and extended grace to a guy who did not deserve it. He will live with this for the rest of his life, knowing that his bad choice led to this woman’s death.
What a picture of the grace God extends to us! We don’t deserve it. Many of us would have understood if this mother told the guy where to go. But this mother reminded me again today how grace should be horizontal as well as vertical. I’m glad God extends that great grace to me, but we get to follow His example by extending it to others. This depicts the gospel. Let’s strive to live the gospel just like this grieving mother.