GRACE John 1:17
Mary and I were recently in the audience at Lincoln Theater to be entertained by Garrison Keillor. I am a great fan of his. He’s more than an entertainer. He’s a “truth teller” — an evangelist — a force for common sense and accommodation. A friend to shy people everywhere.
He started out his monologue talking about his career as a writer and performer, and several times ascribed his success not to talent or genius or even relentless hard work, but to ordinary dumb luck. Every time he said that, I mumbled to myself . . . “Grace.”
By the book: Grace is God’s unmerited favor. It is kindness from God we don’t deserve. There is nothing we have done, nor can ever do to earn this favor. It is a gift from God. Grace is divine assistance given to us for our regeneration or sanctification — being made new — holy — joined together in mystic communion with God. Grace is a virtue coming from God; a state of holiness and acceptance enjoyed through divine favor.
And, I think that’s a pretty good definition. But, in order for it to be meaningful, you have to believe that God is at the center of your life — your universe — and in a position to offer grace to you. If not — well, then — maybe stuff does just happen — good luck — bad luck — random chance — whatever. I choose, however, to believe in a merciful and grace-full God.
And, I’m grateful.
Michael S Herzog