Grace is one of my favourite words.
A friend once gave me the definition I still use: God’s unmerited favour.
He has given us what we don’t deserve and could never earn.
I am constantly in awe of the kindness of God towards me. His grace has been the theme of my life. He has blessed me again and again when I have done nothing to deserve it. I have made mistakes, over and over, but instead of abandoning me to my own foolishness, my loving Father has patiently helped me, strengthened me, taught me, and shown me mercy.
He is so much more merciful than we are to each other.
He forgives us over and over, lovingly drying our tears of pain, frustration, and fear.
When we feel abandoned by our earthly parents, our Heavenly Father is there.
When we feel let down by friends, He is loyal and ever-present.
When we feel stupid and unteachable, He is patient and kind and picks us up again, gently restoring, strengthening, and encouraging.
Even when we doubt Him, looking around in wild-eyed terror, He forgives us for doubting His faithfulness and steadiness, and calms our fears.
God delivers His grace to us in so many different ways.
It may be a friend who rearranges their schedule so they can help you pack and move.
It may be a neighbour who you’ve only ever waved to and smiled at who comes to clean your house so you can pull yourself together during a family crisis.
It may be the new acquaintance from church who takes care of your child when you are extremely ill while your husband is out of town.
It may be the stranger who fixes your car in an empty parking lot, and then disappears as suddenly as he showed up.
Maybe it’s the clothes that don’t wear out, or the shoes that are just your size that someone is giving away.
God’s grace can come to us in the smile and kind word of a stranger. Or the listening ear of a friend.
He is amazingly adept at using the ordinary, the everyday, to deliver His overwhelming, never-ending, incomprehensible love….particularly when we feel the least deserving.