what is Grace

“I have had to experience so much stupidity, so many vices,
so much error, so much nausea, disillusionment and sorrow,
just in order to become a child again and begin anew.
I had to experience despair,
I had to sink to the greatest mental depths, to thoughts of suicide,
in order to experience grace.”

Hermann Hesse


(even the weeds provide sustenance to the bees / Julie Cook / 2017)

I do believe in a personal God, because I too have had revelations,
answers to my questions, to my prayers, and if the answer fails to come,
which is usually the case because God wants us to work out our own salvation,
I have that assurance God gave Saint Paul and he passed on to us,
“My Grace is sufficient for you.”

And what is grace?
Participation in the divine life.

Dorothy Day

12 comments on “what is Grace

  1. @vapor_sage says:

    This is described beautifully and not in such a way, that anyone who thinks they have no need of Grace would comprehend, which I think I do. Despair and surrender precede the gift. Thaks Cookie!

    • and thank you for your thoughtful insight and reflection…
      as it is often the striping away of everything and everyone, leaving us open and vulnerable, which is the needed tipping point to the opening of our eyes…that we need more than ourselves, more than our own little corner of the world and that of our things… in order to truly be saved! And it is though that gift of Grace that we find our true selves!

  2. atimetoshare.me says:

    Grace is so cool, because it’s a gift without expectation of something in return – undeserved kindness. You’ve blessed me with that kind of friendship. Thanks, Yoda!

  3. Lynda says:

    We are blessed to dwell in God’s overabundant grace. May you experience this amazing grace as you move through these difficult days. Blessings.

  4. Amen and amen!!!! 🙂 ❤

  5. PS. Great photo! 🙂 🙂 🙂

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