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Glimpses of Grace is a collection of encouraging vignettes from the life and ministry of Dr. Sid Draayer, a pastor, counselor, former director of the Christian Counseling Center in Grand Rapids, and the founder of Paraklesis-a national ministry of encouragement for pastors, missionaries and their families.
This book is an easy to read book of 79 daily meditations which include subjects such as; Letting Go, Pain, Green Pastures, In God's Hands, God Understands,Laughter, Never Alone and many other timely topics. Draayer reflects back upon his ministry and the experiences of his life with the perspective of God's Grace guiding and strengthening him every step of the way.
Each daily meditation incorporates a verse from scripture giving God's perspective for every situation and topic Draayer addresses. Many readers will be able to relate to Draayer's family experiences as parents and grandparents. His honest and relational style of writing will comfort readers who are going through difficult times in their lives as he traces God's sustaining grace in his life, especially after the loss of his son Ken.
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Sidney Draayer-Grand Rapids
Dr. Sid Draayer is an ordained minister having served in four churches for the first twenty years of his ministry. He then served as the Director of the Christian Counseling Center in Grand Rapids Michigan for thirteen years. For the next fifteen years he directed Paraklesis Ministries, a ministry of encouragement for pastors, spouses and churches. Sid and his wife Gladys live in Grand Rapids Michigan.
"Help can sometime come from unexpected sources. I learned that in a not-to-be-forgotten way in my first year of ministry.
A doctor who had just joined our church asked me to offer the opening prayer at a prestigious convention of doctors in New Jersey. I could either take a ferry or the Walt Whitman Bridge over the Schuylkill River from Philadelphia where we lived. The ferry was 1/2 hour shorter but cost $2.00; taking the bridge cost fifty cents. Living on the edge of poverty, but also wanting to save some time, I decided to take the ferry on the way over and the bridge on the way back.
I checked my wallet as I was leaving. Whoops, I had only $2.00 and some change. Not enough. Too late to take the bridge over. Gladys had a few coins, but I was still short. Don't panic I told myself. Like the woman in the parable we searched the house carefully. We found a few coins under the cushions of our easy chairs. The kid's piggy banks yielded a couple more. Stay cool, I reminded myself. Ha! I was 4 cents short. What to do? Asking my host for a nickel would be embarrassing. Our checkbok said zilch. Looks like I'd have to walk in late with a red face.
Ah. . .then I remembered. A few days earlier our son, Tom, had dropped pennies down the slot of the window defroster in the car. Maybe, just maybe, they'd be accessible. A few quick turns of the screwdriver and I had loosened the frame around the windshield. A gold mine! Not one, not two, not four, but six pennies. Superabundance! Two more than I needed! Thank you, Lord. I made the ferry in the nick of time, offered a gracious prayer, enjoyed a delicious meal, and took the longer route home.
I've had other times when I have been perplexed, of course. Many times on a more serious level. I'm certain you know what I mean. Sometime there seems to be no way out of a situation. Illness can be a time like that, or. . . we feel estranged from a friend or a loved one. . . we go through a time of discouragement. . . finances are at a breaking point.
Then in some unexpected way God provides. Through unexpected ways he ministers to us. Someone speaks just the words we need to hear. An unexpected gift arrives. An unexpected note brightens the day. Sometime he gives us even more than we need, be it two pennies. God can "turn darkness into light" (Psalm 18:28). That's his message to us-a message we are also priviledged to share with others."
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