Plea for Grace – March 2, 2023

Annie Johnson Flint may not be a familiar name, but her songs and poems probably are. Annie was born in 1866. Her mother died when Annie was just three years old. Her father died not many years after. She was taken in by a loving, Christian family, finished high school and earned her teaching certificate. However, she was only able to teach for three years before her diagnosis of arthritis progressed to make work impossible. Her arthritis progressed throughout her life. She spent much of her adult life as an invalid, in chronic pain. By her own testimony, her faith grew stronger and deeper in affliction. She wrote hymns and poetry as an outpouring of worship for God’s sufficient grace in her life. She died in 1932, at the age of 65. We are the grateful recipients of her expressions of worship and faith in our Gracious and Merciful Heavenly Father.

His Grace Is Sufficient for Me, by Annie Johnson Flint

"My grace," 'tis the God of all grace who hath spoken,
Whose word in the heavens forever is set;
Whose covenant promise hath never been broken;
Who never can fail or forget;
Who knoweth my needs and who seeth my sorrows,
However so many and great they may be;
Who heareth my prayers for the days and the morrows;
His grace is sufficient for me.

"My grace;" all His blessings this work is unfolding,
His love and His power in harmony blend;
'Tis grace that hath saved me, and grace that is holding,
And grace that will keep to the end;
'Tis grace that hath written redemption's glad story,
And grace all the song of the ransomed shall be;
'Tis grace that transforms me from glory to glory;
That grace is sufficient for me.

"My grace is," not "was," and not "will be;" 'tis flowing
Each hour and each moment my need to supply,
The deeper I dip, still the deeper 'tis growing,
No drought can diminish or dry;
My heart from the future no trouble shall borrow;
Eternal this present provision shall be,
Assured for today and as sure for tomorrow,
Such grace is sufficient for me.

"My grace is sufficient." Oh, help without measure!
An ocean of riches no plummet can sound,
A storehouse unfailing of infinite treasure,
A gift without limit or bound;
Exceeding abundant for all His creation,
Enough for the thorn that is buffeting me,
The fullness of God for earth's brief tribulation,
"My grace is sufficient for thee."

"Sufficient for thee," for my utmost salvation,
As though ne'er another had owed Him a debt;
For my special grief and my special temptation,
My cares and my sins that beset;
He giveth more grace for my humble endeavour;
I am praising Him now, I shall praise Him forever;
His grace is sufficient for me.

2 Corinthians 12:7-10 ESV – 7 So to keep me from becoming conceited because of the surpassing greatness of the revelations, a thorn was given me in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to harass me, to keep me from becoming conceited. 8 Three times I pleaded with the Lord about this, that it should leave me. 9 But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 10 For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

5 thoughts on “Plea for Grace – March 2, 2023

  1. Thank you Bev, for the history lesson and that wonderful poem. That scripture is so much more meaningful and powerful when it is broken down, word by word. His grace is sufficient for me. . . Praise God!

  2. Thank you Beverly! That is the Scripture that God put on my heart to think about recently!
    And so, yesterday, when Matt had angioplasty, while I waited.. and got most tired… I focused on it! I really appreciated reading that poem today! I am going to print it out!

      1. Thank you Beverly! And we used to sing that song, a long time ago, at the church we used attend!! So pretty!

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