New Year’s Grace

“I do not understand the mystery of grace — only that it meets us where we are and does not leave us where it found us.” ~ Anne Lamott

It’s a tradition for some of us to say ‘Grace’ before family or holiday meals. What about saying ‘Grace’ before the start of the New Year?

They say justice is when you get what you deserve; mercy is when you don’t get what you deserve; and grace is when you get what you don’t deserve.

The truth is we all deserve it, if we have truly done the work and are aware of how we can do and be better. The gifts are there to receive and we can start again in a new year or even create a new life. The past doesn’t make us who we are and it doesn’t have to define us.

We receive new blessings by having the faith that grace will be given to us, and then in turn, extend some grace to others that need it most.

Bless us, Oh Lord,

And these thy gifts,

Which we are about to receive

From thy bounty,

Through Christ our Lord.