Grace upon Grace

Phil Ryken

My friend Chun Lai recently traveled home to Hong Kong and Australia to minister to his family after the death of his father.  The invitation to participate in the funeral service posed some real challenges, as Chun explains:

"The Lord gave me something to say when I was at a complete loss for words. At 11pm the night before the funeral I had determined not to say anything because I didn't have anything good to say. Either I would antagonize one of my 8 siblings because my Dad favored me ("Dad certainly wasn't like that to me") or I would be accused of re-writing my Dad's history as a Christian or I would be accused of preaching...."

With permission, here is what Chun said at the funeral -- a simple explanation of God's grace that put his own standing as a favored son in its proper context: