I thought about my own choice for several days and am obviously just now blogging about it, but the word I chose was GRACE. I usually don't blog about serious topics, (see my recent series on Olympic figure skating for proof) but I just felt the need to share about this topic now that it's Lent.
For me, GRACE applies in many ways:
- I need to show grace to others much more frequently.
- I need to show grace to myself in my struggles and weaknesses.
- I need to accept grace from God. The beginning of Lent has been a great reminder of this.
At church the Sunday before Lent started, the priest said, "You wanna give something up for Lent? Give up the guilt!" He was preaching on Isaiah 49:15-16 where God speaks to His people, saying, "Can a mother forget her child and have no compassion on the son of her womb? Even these may forget, but I will not forget you. Behold, I have inscribed you on the palms of my hands..." A beautiful promise to remember: we have been given love and grace by God and should therefore extend those gifts to ourselves and others.