Coming Attractions

Grace seems to be the word of the year for me.   I’m in a small group that is studying the disciplines of John Wesley which were quite stringent. And he found that without grace, they were of no use at all.

Many of us learned the acronym

  • God’s
  • Riches
  • At
  • Christ’s
  • Expense

as a definition of grace.

But, as usual, I run to the dictionary (thanks to my grandmother) and find this:

Full Definition of GRACE

1a :  unmerited divine assistance given humans for their regeneration or sanctification

b:  a virtue coming from God
c :  a state of sanctification enjoyed through divine grace
2a :  approval, favor <stayed in his good graces>
b archaic :  mercy, pardon
c :  a special favor :  privilege <each in his place, by right, not grace, shall rule his heritage — Rudyard Kipling>
d :  disposition to or an act or instance of kindness, courtesy, or clemency
e :  a temporary exemption :  reprieve
3a :  a charming or attractive trait or characteristic

b:  a pleasing appearance or effect :charm<all the grace of youth — John Buchan>
c :  ease and suppleness of movement or bearing
4—used as a title of address or reference for a duke, a duchess, or an archbishop
5:  a short prayer at a meal asking a blessing or giving thanks
6 plural capitalized :  three sister goddesses in Greek mythology who are the givers of charm and beauty
7:  a musical trill, turn, or appoggiatura
8a:  sense of propriety or right <had the grace not to run for elective office — Calvin Trillin>
:  the quality or state of being considerate or thoughtful
Just look at the primary definition, number 1. Imagine the impact of that unmerited divine assistance on a person’s life – on your life and mine.  There is no way we can earn God’s favor. He knows all about us, and he loves us in spite of our failings, not because of our few virtues.
Nancy Kay Grace knows about God’s grace.  Her devotional book, The Grace Impact, releases this month.

The Grace Impact is a first-grab option for times when life’s harshness assaults your soul. Full of stories, analogies and word-pictures to help you dissect your pain, each daily dose provides hope and help for a wounded heart.

—Marnie Swedberg, International Leadership Mentor

Nancy will  be here for an interview on Wednesday. Join us, please, for a cup of tea and a dose of grace.

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