The Truth about Grace
Ann Lamott felt there was a mystery to grace, that concept we have spent Advent discussing: “I do not understand the mystery of grace – only that it meets us where we are but does not leave us where it found us.” Describing it is terms of a mystery makes one wonder about its axiomatic presence. Can something be a mystery and self-evident at the same time?
In our approach to discussing grace, using the four realms of probability, we removed the mystery when it comes to grace. Whether it was classical, empirical, subjective, or axiomatic, we held true to the belief that grace exists. While some might try to isolate as the provenance of grace to the religious, we considered that it really is in the air we breathe, simply waiting for us to reach out and grasp it, holding it and then releasing it back into the world.
So why did I elect to use the four realms of probability in my approach to grace? Because there is a very great probability that you have shared grace, both as the giver and as the receiver. We tend to think of things as concrete or abstract. Those things we can see, hear, smell, or taste are definitely concrete while our feelings lean towards the abstract realm. The truth is that our feelings, where we often give and receive grace, are as real as anything on earth. The probability of grace in your life is a certainty.
The actor Bradley Whitlock has a great quote about grace. Infuse your life with action. Don’t wait for it to happen. Make it happen. Make your own future. Make your own hope. Make your own love. And whatever your beliefs, honor your creator, not by passively waiting for grace to come down from upon high, but by doing what you can to make grace happen… yourself, right now, right down here on Earth.”
Life is not simple. It is complicated and will have periods of darkness and light. The darkness can serve to clean the slate and lead us towards a brighter tomorrow. Author Patricia Briggs advises ““When life doesn’t meet your expectations, it was important to take it with grace.”
Writer and thinker C. Joybell C. expounds on that thought. “Peace is the number one beautiful ornament you can wear, I really believe that. They say you should always wear a smile, but I don’t believe that you should “always” wear a smile. Seriously, you’re going to look stupid! But peace, you should always carry peace within you. It’s the most beautifying thing you could ever have or do. Peace makes your heart beautiful and it makes you look beautiful, too. You want to have perfect physical posture when you stand, sit, and walk, and peace is the perfect posture of the soul, really. Try perfect posture outside as well as inside. Peace creates grace and grace gives peace.”
Grace is not something we should be awaiting to fall into our laps, placed there by another. Grace is something we should be sharing. It is a verb, not a flimsy concept hovering just outside the realm of our own existence. It is an action verb, the one thing that can turn a subjective judgment into a unifying movement, the first step for a better tomorrow, the hope of the hopeless and the light for those who do not see the beauty of the world.