Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Two For The Price Of One

I've gone back and forth about how best to handle these next two letters. Somehow my blog has gone from almost no content to a flood of posting, which is a good thing but does require a bit of managing.

Some weeks I may combine my Wednesday letter with the Wednesday Hodgepodge, but mostly I think I want to keep them as separate entries, which means two posts on Tuesdays and two posts on Wednesdays. That's a lot for me, even with all this 'free time'.

You probably don't need to know all this, but writing it down helps me see what makes the most sense. This week I think what makes the most sense is writing a single post combining the letters F and G (you'll find this week's Hodgepodge questions in the post before this one).

I gave those letters to my sister and brother-in-law and they sent me their words separately, but were definitely thinking alike. In my mind these two words go hand in hand so I'm going to put them in a single post. Plus it's Easter week which also relates so you're getting a bargain here today.

Day 6-F is for Faith
Day 7-G is for Grace 

I'm just going to put this out there. Most of my posts are not that deep. Ha! Just keepin' it real. They are meaty in their own way, and I do like to make people think, but they're not deep in the way some writers are deep. My blog is more of a 'hey I feel the same way' kind of blog and I'm okay with that. More than okay because those are the kinds of blog posts I like to read too. 

But then there are words that don't feel light. Or don't feel like they should be written about lightly, and faith and grace are two such words. 

I don't classify myself as a Christian writer although I am a Christian and I do write. But I'm not the person who is going to delve into scripture on my blog and tell you what it means, or dissect difficult passages of the Bible, etc. What I like to write, and what I think people relate to here, is when I tell my own story. Share my own experiences in the everyday ordinary of life. 

Faith and grace are part of my story. 

Honestly in the crazy-mixed up-confusing world we're all living in today it's faith in the God who laid the foundations of the earth that keeps me grounded and hopeful. I'm fortunate to have grown up in a home where my parents taught me at an early age to 'cast my cares on Him'. To treat others the way I would like to be treated myself. 

To accept grace that's been freely given and extend grace freely in return. 

Grace is love shown to the un-lovely. The undeserving. The short tempered, the rude, the mean-spirited people we encounter online and less than six feet away from us in a store queue. 

Less judgement more grace because everybody has a story. 

When the world is topsy turvy (and can we all agree that's the case right now?) when the ground shifts daily and the waves crash round we reach for an anchor. 

Faith is my anchor. 

Grace is the hand lifting me up saying come stand here. 
The ground is solid and there's no need to fear.

Easter is where faith and grace collide. Intersect. Are woven together for eternity. 
Easter is what makes it real and true and ours.