Grace and peace be multiplied to you through the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord                    II Peter 1:2
-unmerited divine assistance given to humans for their regeneration or sanctification
-a virtue coming from God
-disposition to or an act or instance of kindness, courtesy, or clemency                                                                                          
  -a pleasing appearance or effect                                                                                                                  

These are some of the definitions of the word “grace” as given by Merriam-Webster. These are elegant phrases. Isn’t it nice to just read them and consider them? The word, grace, comes from the Greek word chairo, from which stem words like charity, charm, and charisma.  

I would like to suggest that we all need extra grace these days. Yes, we always need grace, but in these very trying times, we need an extra amount of it. The problem is, when we are in need of it so much ourselves, it is harder to give it away. You know the old saying, we need love the most when we are the most unlovable.

In these times when we are stressed by – make that surrounded by- COVID-19 considerations, we need grace. In the times when our teachers, principals, and superintendents are confronted with impossible decisions, they need grace.

In these times when elected officials are trying to make those same difficult, controversial decisions, they need grace. I believe that these people are doing the best they can. Do they always make good, correct decisions? No. But I believe that they are sincerely trying to serve and to make the best of a situation where there are no reliable road maps.

Some may believe that there are vast conspiracies, malevolent motives, nefarious plans afoot. I don’t think that helps. I hope we can choose to show grace to those who are trying to work in the best interest of those whom they serve. Yes, we can disagree with decisions. That is indeed a part of life. But as we make known our dissent, how about a little grace.

We all need it right now.

Prayer: Father, thank you for the unmerited favor that you always show to us, even when we are so far from deserving it, Amen.


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