Monday, December 21, 2015

Status: Grace

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning.
John 1:1


I'd forgotten to make the monthly payment to the insurance company before the due date. Slightly panicked, but knowing that they wouldn't cancel after only one delinquent day, I went to the website to pay.

But here's what got me:

There was a box that said, "Status." And instead of listing my status as late, past due, or even delinquent, something you'd expect to find, it said this:


I stopped and pondered that--but only for a moment, as I had to get that payment made!

But it's still with me.

Status: Grace.

It's not late. I'm not (a) delinquent. Or a prodigal. Or a screw-up.

And by now, you know I'm not talking about an insurance payment. But in a way, I am.

Grace is defined by Merriam Webster as a temporary exemption, a brief reprieve, an act of kindness, courtesy, or clemency.

But the more interesting definition is the first one listed, which is: unmerited divine assistance given to humans for their regeneration or sanctification; a virtue coming from God.

Note that this is not given to Christians, but to all humans. It is an act of kindness, a courtesy--and it unmerited. In other words, we can't earn it. And we're all eligible.

That virtue, that grace that comes from God, was sent to us in the form of a helpless babe--one who was completely dependent upon the humans who would one day become dependent upon Him. 

This baby who rested his head on his mother's chest beckons us to now rest our head on His.

When I celebrate His birth at Christmas, I tend to think not of the baby, but of the man He would become, did become--the One who embodied grace--that unmerited act of kindness, courtesy, and clemency. This act of kindness I did not deserve and couldn't earn, but I chose to claim it anyway, simply because it was offered to me.

The Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us. We have seen His glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.
John 1:14

When you celebrate Christmas this year, might you just take a moment to think about the Word of God Who became flesh and dwelt among us--the One who was full of grace and truth and freely offered His life so that we could share in that grace and truth?

There is no greater gift.

For the law was given through Moses; 
grace and truth came through Jesus Christ
John 1:17

Until then,
Christmas Blessings Along a Joyous Path,

I will be taking a blogging break until after the new year. Look for my next post on January 4 or 5.

Please enjoy this video, The Word Became Flesh, from Anointed:

And this one, Grace Flowed Down, by Christy Nockels:

sharing this post with some of these lovelies


  1. How often we take for granted the tremendous gift of grace! The gift that changes everything - both now and forever!! It is rather amazing that Jesus came to our world as a baby, for the sole purpose of dying to purchase our salvation. I will never celebrate Christmas without remembering the shadow of the Cross - (love that photo you shared of that image!) Oh, we must never forget what we've been given!! Yes, an *insurance policy* that can never be revoked, and it will save our lives.

    Status: Grace

    Amen and amen!!

    Merriest Christmas to you and yours, Mary! And, as always, GOD BLESS!

    1. Yes, when you put the shadow of the cross in the creche, it makes all the difference. Merry, merry Christmas to you too, Sharon!

  2. Mary I love that word, "grace." How awesome that your insurance company gave you some grace, what a gift! And it's a gift that we can pass on as well with those we come into contact with. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! #MondaysMusings

    1. Thanks, Crystal. Most companies do offer a "grace" period, but I've never actually seen it posted on the internet like that. Joyous Christmas to you!

  3. Oh how I need to grow in grace. Thank you for this post. Glad to be neighbors at the #RaRaLinkup. Merry Christmas!

  4. Scandalous grace. Let's all receive it.
    Happy Christmas! :)

  5. Mary,
    What a great analogy. Grace is amazing isn't it? Now we have to learn to extend it to others. Thanks for linking to word of God Speak.