Grace is a concept I find very comforting. Grace, to me, means love and mercy from God, even when one hasn’t done anything to earn it. It’s just there, and it’s for you, no matter what.Grace is God’s love for you, calling to you and accepting you as you are – warts, imperfections, and all. Grace erases the pain of the past and brings you back into the fold of God’s love, where you have truly always been. Grace is allowing God’s love into your heart and letting it heal you. God doesn’t require you to do anything except be yourself.
Richard Rohr writes about grace in one of his meditations: “Basically, grace is God’s first name, and probably last too. Grace is what God does to keep all things God has made in love and alive—forever. Grace is God’s official job description. Grace is not something God gives; grace is who God If we are to believe the primary witnesses, an unexplainable goodness is at work in the universe.”
It can sometimes be hard to accept God’s grace when we’re feeling badly about something we’ve done in the past or are struggling with something difficult, especially guilt. But grace does not stop because we’ve fallen short. It exists because we do fall short, and God loves us anyway. God’s grace makes us perfect in our imperfections, and returns us to love.