Ministry Theme of the Month
G R A C E
“Grace is the ability to redefine the boundaries of possibility.” –Manning Marable
“I do not at all understand the mystery of grace – only that it meets us where we are but does not leave us where it found us.” — Anne Lamott
Grace exists in us as a faith community. Whether your personal theology leans theist or atheist (or somewhere in between), all of us find common ground around celebrating the gifts we didn’t expect, create or deserve. Whereas once we fought about who is the giver of grace and whether or not there even was one, we now are satisfied with simply coming together to celebrate the gift.
And not just celebrating it, but giving it a little bit of help as well. This is also what it means to us to be “a people of grace.” Grace operates –often maddeningly– by its own set of rules.
Independence and inscrutability are grace’s hallmarks. But it also seems that grace enjoys pulling us in as its partner-in-crime. While we can’t control it, we can collude with it. The rules of grace involve more than us just sitting back and waiting for grace to happen. We are asked to be open, to let go of our precious and preferred plans, and accept the gift in whatever form it comes. We are also asked to be “givers of grace.” Yes, grace frequently does its work in spite of us, but more often than not it finds a way of working through us, if we let it.
In fact that’s what this month is all about: asking ourselves what we need to do to enable grace to flow more freely.
Questions to Ponder
What is your “grace work”? Looking around? Letting go? Trusting more? Accepting whatever comes? Sneaking a gift into someone’s life without them knowing it? Forgiving someone when we think they don’t deserve it?
July 2019: Grace, August: Possibility, September: Identity, October: Letting Go, November: Inheritance, December: Promise, January 2020: Love, February: Presence, March: Engagement, April: Anticipation, May: Embodiment, June: Passion, July: Resilience