The first definition of grace provided over at Merriam-Webster Online is actually a pretty good one:
grace: 1 a: unmerited divine assistance given humans for their regeneration or sanctification b: a virtue coming from God c: a state of sanctification enjoyed through divine grace
However, notice that this first definition has three subentries (a, b, and c) and that there are seven alternate definitions for the word grace. There are also ten additional entries in a scroll box on the grace page.
With all of those definitions rattling around, it’s no wonder grace is hard to define. I grew up in a church that has a lot to say about grace. I’ve often thought it strange that, even though the idea of God’s grace is central to my church’s teaching, it has taken me a long time to be able to talk about it coherently.
As I’ve said on the about page, I started this blog as a way to share stories from my life and to invite you to join me in finding instances of grace. Sometimes I get distracted by other things (that video camera, for example) but I intend to stay focused on the main subject. Over time, I hope the stories and your responses to them will provide a definition of grace that blows our minds, a definition that we can point to and say, “Grace, I has it.”
I watched two people argue about the definition of grace last weekend during my camping trip. What a rare thing, to hear a passionate conversation about grace outside of a Sunday school class or a Bible study. (Now in the interest of full disclosure, the people discussing grace where my mother and her friend, Marian, frequent visitors to this blog.)
I’m not going to attempt to answer the question, “What Is Grace, Exactly?” We will reveal that answer together as the blog grows. However, like the conversation at the campground, I wonder if we could start a conversation here. How do you define grace?