Grace at the Table
What is Grace to You?
Growing up in the South, breakfast, dinner, or supper always began with “grace” at the table. Being raised Catholic, that meant saying “Bless us, O Lord, and these thy gifts, which we are about to receive from Thy bounty, through Christ our Lord. Amen.” As a little girl, I didn’t think too much about what I was praying. I was thinking more about my stomach being fed and what was for dessert after supper.
As I write the grace prayer down, I realize how beautiful the words really are, profound and peaceful. These days, my husband and I don’t necessarily pray a certain prayer before meals. We pray, however, it is organic and new every day as our spirits flow with Holy Spirit. The revelation of what grace means to me has evolved over the years. It is more of a knowing in my spirit, a realization that grace is a free and spontaneous gift. Grace is unconditional love and full of favor. I can choose to receive grace one moment at a time, one day at a time… for myself and others.
“If it is grace, it is no longer on the basis of works; otherwise grace would no longer be grace.” Romans 11.6
God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good thing.” 2 Corinthians 9.8
“We are sustained by God’s grace as a gift, through the redemption which is in Christ Jesus.” Romans 3.24
What if you could…
Have a moment with someone where they are asking what grace means to you. What would you say? How would you describe grace to them? Do you think grace is the same for everyone or an individual experience per person and situation? What are your thoughts on grace? We would love to start a conversation about what grace means to you. Send us an email at email@example.com.
“I do not understand the mystery of grace; only that it meets us where we are and doesn’t leave us where it found us.” Anne Lamott