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Word of the Week: GRACE

Grace is always with us, whether we realize it or not.

I love the power of the right word. Once a week I write about a word that has resonated with me ... this week it's GRACE. 

Because of some projects and several conversations this week I actually had another word ready to go today, but it just didn't feel right for today.

"Grace" has several definitions, and all of them good. As a noun it's a physical condition of elegance. As a verb, it adorns and embellishes. I read that it is mentioned 170 times in the Bible, and that one definition is that it is unmerited favor.

I am a person of, and for, faith ... not just mine, but others' faith as well, and I really love that last definition. If we are connected to the moment, I think we can find grace through the smile of a stranger, or another driver letting us go in front of them. 

I don't think it's showy or loud, but it's not small, either. I believe that grace is goodness, and that it's always around us. It doesn't exist just when we see it ... or remember to be grateful for it.

In my mind, I see and feel grace as an all-encompassing warm glow. It's a gift, reassurance that, big-picture, I am being looked after, and all will be OK.

What I call grace transcends all the demographics.

There have to be other words to describe this in other faiths and cultures; I just don't know what they are. What are your word(s), and how do you define them?

Meanwhile, wishing you the realization of how much goodness and light surrounds you, 24/7.

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Adrienne December 26, 2011 at 04:55 AM
Grace is unmerited favor from God (for example God's grace or there but for the grace of God go I). It sometimes may also be shown by one person to another. It comes from the heart. The fact that it is unearned and undeserved actually means it is motivated by unconditional love. Because it is unearned it is humbling that "no man may boast". Realizing this, there's no sense it trying to figure out why grace has been shown but to accept it with humility and gratitude. It often involves forgiveness.

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