Best Word

The word grace has been front and center in my life of late. Our women’s group recently finished reading Philip Yancey’s 1997 book What’s So Amazing About Grace? Yancey refers to grace as “the last best word.”

What does your mind conjure up when thinking about grace? Yancey admits even he has trouble defining grace. “I am ready, though, to attempt something like a definition of grace in relation to God. Grace means there is nothing we can do to make God love us more…..And grace means there is nothing we can do to make God love us less.” (pg.70) (Here is where I give a shout out to Jim Dietvorst who was the first one I heard those words from, and will never forget them.) This book is filled with stories of amazing grace, as well as stories of “ungrace.” Reading them made me reflect over my own life, as I (like maybe you) have had some times of “ungracefulness.”

Being a participant in a church named “God’s Grace Community Church” should make us stand to attention. God bestows on us grace upon grace, that unmerited divine assistance. Must we go out (into our workplaces, families, communities) and do our best to demonstrate and practice grace upon grace? No doubt this is sometimes the hardest thing to do. But we must try.

Man is born broken. He lives by mending. The grace of God is glue. ~Eugene O’Neill

Andrea Heshmati


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