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The Short Grandma
By Karen L. Mechtly

Romans 3:23-24
For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified freely by His grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. (NIV)

Whenever I talk to my four-year-old grandson on the telephone, he asks if I am his short grandma. I have to confess that I am. It’s hard to own up to that fact, because “short” has a negative connotation in our culture. Here are some examples of what I mean. If an electrical appliance doesn’t work right, it might have a “short.” If an employee fails to turn up at work, it leaves everyone else “short-handed.” If your favorite sports team loses, they came up “short.” So, it’s not a pretty picture.

Even in the Bible being short is a deficit. In the verses above, we read that because we sin, we fall short of God’s glory. We miss the mark of His ideal.

But there is good news. Through God’s grace we are justified and redeemed through Jesus Christ. All we need to do is accept Him as our Lord and Savior, and He will cover over our “shortcomings.”

I will always be the short grandma. But I stand tall in Christ and that is all that really matters. Praise the Lord!

Dear Lord, Help me to focus on Your grace, not my shortcomings.


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