The Word for​ 2019: Grace

The word “Grace” painted in black ink over a colorful watercolor washed background concept and theme.

It has been a fascinating writing experience to take a word and turn it into something meaningful. I started with the easy one, courage, first and now this week, grace. At its core grace is about God’s love for humanity. God cares so deeply for a fallen and broken world that He offers it a solution, a way out. God offers grace to a guilt-ridden world. The message of grace is connected with forgiveness and healing that is spoken in our churches and through the mouths and lives of those who are followers of Jesus. Our prayer is to allow us, Lord, to live grace-filled lives among those unconnected and those who are beaten down by the effects of sin. Grace which is clearly revealed in Paul’s letter to a young group of believers in Corinth, “God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting men’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation.”1 Corinthians 5:19.

Grace is revealed also in the waters of Holy Baptism. As Tertullian once shared, “How mighty is the grace of water, in the sight of God and His Christ, for the confirmation of Baptism! Never is Christ without water: He who is Himself in water (Matt 3:13-17); inaugurates in water the first display of His power when invited to the wedding in Cana (John 2:1-11); in His preaching He invites the thirsty to His own eternal water (John 7:37-38; John 4:6ff.) And when He is wounded, after His death, water bursts forth from His side that had been pierced with the soldier’s lance (John 19:34)!” For those who picked grace as their word for 2019 if you want a daily visible reminder of God’s grace, it is found around you everywhere in the form of water. May you be a refreshing drink to the souls of those around you as you live out this year filled with grace. 

3 Comments on “The Word for​ 2019: Grace

  1. Was it Therese of Lisieux that said “everything is Grace”? i have found that quote a good reminder to see grace or the possibility of grace in all situations.

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