What Is Grace?

31 days of grace

I’ve been letting this post roll around in my brain ever since I decided to do the 31 Days series. I’ve got nothing. Writing about grace for 31 days is as much about figuring out what grace is all about as it is to celebrate the “grace sightings” of each day.

The first Merriam-Webster definition of grace is:

unmerited divine assistance given humans for their regeneration or sanctification

The nerd in me wants to go deeper and pick that definition apart. I’m sure I will some time in the next month, but for now, I want to stick with the second, more straight-forward, definition:

a special favor

That’s something I can work with. I’d even argue to replace the word “favor” with gift. I have a few favorite books about grace that I’ll be re-reading and using to help to formulate my own definition of grace.

I’m really looking forward to seeing what “special favors” occur in my life for the next 31 days. Thanks for being on this journey with me; be sure to get my posts by subscribing to the right of this post!

As an addendum to this post, I just have to share my “grace sighting” from yesterday. We were all ready to go to story time and I realized my keys were locked in the car. A few tense moments and I remembered we had a spare key. We finally get to the library, get into the story time room, and take our seat when I hear a huge “pop”. All of a sudden I had a huge hole in a very awkward part of my pants. Let’s just say that I did not let Caleb crawl around much because I wasn’t about to get off the ground. The only way I got out to the car without being mortified was by wrapping Caleb’s sweater around my leg with one hand, carrying him with the other, and hobbling awkwardly. It was pure grace that I had decided to bring Caleb’s sweater in even though he didn’t need it. Oye.

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