Amazing Grace

Donna Westrate

READ : John 3:1-21

With every individual, the experience of rebirth is different. For some, it can be dramatic as in Paul’s conversion on the road to Damascus. For others, it might be a gradual awareness of God’s presence within us. For me, it occurred at the death of my marriage at age thirty-five. I thought I’d been living a good Christian life; however, as I look back, it was pretty lukewarm. I was caught up more with secular issues and trends of the time than I was praying for my marriage, my family, etc.

Though I assumed I was happily married and I was blessed with two beautiful children, I can remember feeling a sense of loneliness and emptiness, thinking, “Is this all there is to life?” Shortly thereafter, my little world came shattering down around me and I came face to face with my God. “Amazing grace, how sweet the sound that saved a wretch like me. I once was lost, but now am found.” He picked me up from the rubble and stood me on my feet again, only this time with a message to tell. God is so awesome, so loving, so forgiving and so real.

I once was an empty shell, lost at sea

Until Jesus placed His Love in me.

Now I’m a pearl of great worth.

-Donna Westrate


Father, May we never ignore You, but seek Your blessings on our homes, our marriages and our families. Amen.