Amazing grace, how sweet the sound. I looked it up, and the fifth definition fit: mercy, clemency, pardon. Synonyms: leniency, reprieve. Antonym: harshness.
Inseparably connected, religion and every one of the 13 definitions I found wove grace into the fabric of a Savior saving the fallen. Our world strives for self-sufficiency, but as I age, I strive for the wisdom of accepting help. Accepting help graciously. And it helps me value the greatest gift of grace ever given.
As a soul needing saving, I appreciate this gift that keeps on giving, day in and day out, no matter my unworthiness. Moreover, I appreciate the giver of the gift. It sets a foundation from which I can give grace to myself and to others. I’m not always good at it, but I try. Some hurts require time to heal. Some offenses on merit alone truly are unforgivable, but grace requires me to try. I am a work in progress. That is enough.