What I Will Tell Sweet E: Grace Endures

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Grace for the day; grace for the way, baby.  Having a saving grace, saves.  Burdened with sin; blessed with grace.

noun \ˈgrās\

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

2. a :  approval, favor <stayed in his good graces>
    b archaic :  mercy, pardon
    c :  a special favor :  privilege <each in his place, by right, not grace, shall rule his heritage — Rudyard Kipling>
    d :  disposition to or an act or instance of kindness, courtesy, or clemency

Sweet E, by now you know your grandmama loves life; she relishes the goodness that abounds daily.  I worry that through these What I will Tell… essays that I am unduly focused on the harshness that life delivers.  So know this: grace serves in the thrilling good and the pained-filled bad.

When I think of grace, I think of God. For me, the two are as intertwined as my love and concern for you, sweet boy; you can’t have one without the other.  Yet, grace is not solely God’s.  It is ours as well.

We can not demand nor force grace, it is something we are mercifully offered or we tenderly give.  To be filled with grace, to witness grace, or to extend grace is transcendental. Whether you are offering grace or receiving grace, your life is undeniably altered in the exchange.  Do not doubt me, sweet boy, grace is as powerful as any force on this earth for good, and we would all do well to increase our contribution.

How many times do we offer a blind defense in response to the pandemonium of this world?  Think now, how we might become as people, if instead we allowed ourselves to be channels of goodness through grace.

This is not to say that we should respond to all push-back in this manner, only to say that it is a viable option, a powerful option, yet one that requires something from us.

Grace.  Like anything, you can not offer it unless you have it.  To have it requires practice and patience.

As a young girl, I was raised to practice the art of grace, yet it wasn’t until I became a mother that I saw its value.  It is not weakness to show compassion; it is strength to hold back a sharp tongue.  It is not weakness to forgive; it is strength to accept the failings of others and yourself.  It is not weakness to be kind in the face of hurt; it is strength to see pain in others and not be afraid.

Sweet E, my prayer for you (among thousands) is that you may be blessed with abundant grace throughout your years.  I pray that you may learn to receive it as well as generously offer it.

Grace is strength.  Grace is compassion.  Grace is kindness.

Grace is facing the winters of your life with faith that spring is near.

What I Will Tell Sweet E: Grace Endures

Grace endures, baby.





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  1. Beautiful! Great way to start my morning.
    Thanks Patti.

  2. So wonderfully written, so profound with it’s simple message of goodness. As a grandmother of five, this has touched me deeply; I too wish and pray for them to grow with strength, compassion, kindness, faith and optimism. I’ve shared on my timeline because I want my almost-sweet-sixteen granddaughter to read! The words “facing the winters of your life with faith that spring is near” spoke to me as I move forward at almost 70 without my husband. You have reinforced MY strength and grace this morning, my friend. Thank you!

    • Thank you for such lovely thoughts. When I read that someone has been touched by what I’ve written, well, you bless me as well. Thank you for that.

      I’m an optimistic realist; I see the world for what it is (with its pain and darkness), yet my faith allows me the joy to remember that this world is not my home. I hope to balance my realistic views with my optimistic heart. I’m so sorry that your husband is no longer with you, but am grateful that you are surrounded with those whom you not only love, but those that love you.

  3. To me the word ‘endure’ is a beautiful one. It is having hope and faith that things will get better. There is a poem about hope by Emily Dickinson that is one of my absolute favorites.

  4. Lovely and true. A beautiful post, Patti. Thank you for the inspiration.

  5. I love this, Patti. One of the things we’re trying to instill in our sweet 5-year-old is showing grace and kindness to her little sister. I’m sure it’s hard for her, because her toddler sister can’t always understand and reciprocate.

    • Thank you. So many lessons are continuously learned throughout our lives. I pray your daughters learn to give and accept grace from each other, as it will serve them the rest of their lives.

  6. Beautiful! Grace is our most precious gift and yet one of the hardest things for us to give.

  7. I love this idea and what a beautiful post on grace. I wish my grandmother would have done something this cool for me.

  8. “Twas grace that taught me how to fear
    And grace my fears relieved.”
    Those are my all time favorite lines from a hymn. As a recovering alcoholic, those words ring so true for me. May all our grandchildren know and live grace. Thank you for a powerful post.

    • I am astounded by the depth of love that you guys leave me in the comments. Thank you for not only reading, but for taking the time to share afterwards. I love those lyrics, too.

  9. “It is not weakness to show compassion; it is strength to hold back a sharp tongue. It is not weakness to forgive; it is strength to accept the failings of others and yourself. It is not weakness to be kind in the face of hurt; it is strength to see pain in others and not be afraid.” – OMT…..this is beautifully stated. Sharing these words of wisdom with my own boys tonight.

    • I know I have said this before about the comments left after I post a piece like this, but you guys leave me more than I could ever share with you. Thank you, Stephanie. Thank you.

  10. This is just beautiful. So eloquent. I love the word grace. I appreciate a gracious person. Don’t we all? And yes, it’s a wonderful thing to wish for someone.

  11. Such a beautiful post. Thanks and Thanks tons for linking to Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty


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