Grace (Charis) – That which affords joy, pleasure, delight, sweetness, charm, loveliness
Goodwill, loving-kindness, favour
Thanks (for benefits, services, favours), recompense, reward
What delights you? You know, those unexpected joys, sweet surprises, those pearls of great value often hidden in fields of dirt. That is Grace. Undeserved favour. Flashes of beauty that shine through the dirt of the mundane. Sometimes pearls sit gleaming in their shells, easy to see, easy to grasp. Sometimes they are hidden in the dirt and need to be dug up, washed off, and maybe even polished a little. Maybe those pearls end up being the most beautiful ones on your string
I’m excited to start a new segment of my blog, which I hope to contribute to weekly called ‘Love It!’ It’s a place where I will share some of the things I love, my pearls of great value. Sometimes they might be the bigger pearls, deeper and more meaningful. Other times, they may seem kind of small and random. Together they are all the pearls that when strung together are the chain of my life. And here’s the most exciting part, I am hoping that not only will I share my pearls with you, but that you will share yours too; stringing chains of grace together.
I thought I’d start by sharing one of my favourite songs. (This is one from a very long list! Pearls of music crowd my chain.) It is Matt Redman’s song, “Your Grace Finds Me.” If you click on the link below, you can listen to the song and read along with the words.
Grace finds us because it is out looking for us. Not because Grace has lost track of us, but because Grace pursues us. What love! Sometimes Grace whispers to us from the shadows, other times it sings in the light. But it is always there if we will but open our ears to hear and our eyes to see. And when we have breathed in His Grace, what is there left to do but breathe out His praise!
For from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace. John 1:16
But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ – by grace you have been saved!