Saving Grace

Saying Grace, Saving Grace, Last Supper

Don’t ask me for grace.

Not because I don’t want you to have it, for I certainly do.

But I can’t give it to you.

Only God can give you grace, of this I’m becoming certain.

Grace is

God’s action in our lives to accomplish what we
could never do on our own. Dallas Willard

which turns out to be anything, as we come to know daily.

And grace in scripture

Romans
Thessalonians
1 Peter

is always from God.

When writers cite it, it’s God making all grace abound
In all his greetings, Saint Paul offers grace from God
Such things as hope and faith are by God’s grace

Most certainly we are participants

We are called heirs of his grace and
We are certainly recipients of grace

even blessed to be conduits of it.

But it’s not from us — not from me.

So please stop asking

Can you give me a little grace here?
How ’bout some grace on this one?
Haven’t y’all ever heard of grace?

for, yes, I have heard.

And that word doesn’t mean what you think it means.

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