Grace runs to pain like healthy blood to a wound.
Have you been the recipient of grace lately? It's a swoosh of comfort; a balm of healing; an ointment of relief.
Have you been the giver of grace lately? It's a nod of affirmation that needs no words; a squeeze of the arm, a spark of warmth in the eyes.
Some of my work includes greeting the public. We are Human Services, so there's a steady of stream of humans in need of services we may offer, including family help, parenting classes, addiction referrals, mental health providers and housing.
As a Christian I am called to serve others with the love of Christ.
As a Christian in a government-run organization, I am restricted in the earthbound realm. Even so, I am wholly free to share His grace in surprisingly easy ways: by showing kindness on the phone, by listening carefully to the client who is confused and distraught, by spilling a bit of laughter into a tense moment.
Grace is tangible; you can feel it rush to the place of pain.
Maybe you've heard the story of the small boy who learned that his neighbor was grieving the loss of his wife. The boy asked his mom if he could go next-door and see the man.
When he returned home, the boy's mom asked what he said to comfort the sad neighbor.
"Nothing," he replied. "I just sat in his lap and helped him cry."
Grace is light and airy, but oh! It is profoundly powerful, rippling into a needy world.
Infusing it with hope.
Last year, in preparation to lead a women's conference, I wrote a poetic essay about the activity of grace. I hope you like it; I hope you recognize the winsome contrast of grace to the stuff we often experience in the day-to-day.
The world is a fist.
Grace is an open hand.
The world loves a snappy comeback.
Grace loves a kind word.
The world runs from pain.
Grace runs toward the hurt.
The world thunders, "Me first!"
Grace whispers, "You first.
The world upends.
The world abandons.
The world quits.
The world shrugs.
The world mocks.
Grace re-frames everything.
In the workplace, in church, at home -- wherever your day takes you, Grace is a currency we can all exchange with good will and generosity. We can trust the quiet, capable, dynamic activity of grace to heal and heighten and bolster up.
The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen. Philippians 4:23
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