Speaking of God, GRACE, Week 1 Day 4

Brooke Eikenberry Speaking of God

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

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