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“You can have the other words-chance, luck, coincidence, serendipity. I’ll take grace. I don’t know what it is exactly, but I’ll take it. ”
― Mary Oliver

Grace

by Marlene J. Geary
Chair, Sunday Services Committee
Unitarian Universalist Society: East
Manchester, CT, USA

“Grace is not a strange, magic substance which is subtly filtered into our souls to act as a spiritual penicillin. Grace, unity, oneness within ourselves …” – Thomas Merton

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

We are exploring the theological concept of grace for the month of June. Grace is one of my favorite names. I picture grace as a strong wooden ship that sails through refreshing whitecaps and tumultuous swells.

There are lots of sea metaphors here—ships sailing together find a collective grace within fellowship. Finding in the midst of a storm, a moment of grace. Sailing on the brightest of calm winds, another moment of grace.

What does grace mean to you?

Would you call unexpected blessings grace?

From where do you believe gifts of grace come?

Have you found grace within the fellowship at your congregation?

Words of Grace, from St. Therese de Liseaux

Words of Grace

Go in peace.

May you not forget the infinite possibilities that are born to you of gratitude and of hope.

May you use those gifts that you have received and pass on the love that has been given to you.

May you be contented knowing that you indeed, are a child of the universe.

May this presence settle into your bonesand allow your soul
the freedom to sing and dance and praise and love.

Go and be blessed and be a blessing.

Amen.

– Adapted from St. Therese de Liseaux