Grace - the powerful means by which God, through no merit of our own, reaches out of eternity to save a human soul. The interruption of decay by salvation. The rescue of life from the very near peril of death.
Yet somehow, this mysterious grace is so often thought of as - perhaps confused with? - a fragile, ethereal thing. I wonder, is that because "grace" also carries alternate, very human, definitions? Grace is also defined as elegant movement (as in, "She is so graceful) and yet again can be thought of as courtesy or charm (as in, "He needed to find the grace to admit defeat").
If we, in error, conflate the meanings, mixing the divine with the human, we run the risk of diluting God's favor with the elegent arc of a dancer's arm; we run the risk of thinking of God's favor as charming rather than potent and efficacious.
Sit with the concept of grace for a moment. Consider its inherent weightiness. This is the favor of the Almighty Creator God we are considering. Rather than a veil covering us from eternal death, it is a pierce-proof armor protecting the souls of His beloved ones.
Grace. What a wonderful word.
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