Is this the right topic on a ttwd blog? I will see what happens when I post this. I am a person who believes there is room for many different spiritual beliefs. There is no one way that is the right way. We are all children of God. So fair warning, if you do not feel comfortable making a comment, that is just fine with me.
I have friends in every faith, Christian, Muslim, Buddhist, Jewish and more. I have attended services in many spiritual gathering places and have always felt welcomed and grateful for that inclusion. I believe there is room for everyone when we speak of God and that there is absolutely no one way to worship. Listening to one another in these poignant times is the best of all things.
So I am opening up a little discussion here. A friend and I talked while walking. I asked her to define Grace, the Grace of God. She is a person I greatly respect and with minutes of launching into her belief system, she laughed at the way she became quite tongue tied. I emailed one of my closest blog friends and although eloquent and given in a loving way, her definition was still confusing to me.
I googled "God' s Grace" and could not believe what I found. There were so many interpretations of the meaning of those two words. I wanted a definition, a working definition, so when I used the words "God's Grace", I had a layperson's version that could be easily shared. I wanted to be able to use my definition when I attended the services of friends. I wanted a definition that resonated with my beliefs and respected theirs. I did not want Bible quotes on Grace, but rather a definition that spoke from the heart. I wanted a definition that was inclusive of all beliefs. Do you understand?
My search was giving me a headache because even the Grace quotes were sounding tongue tied. Then I read this quote below and said a simple prayer of thanks. This seems to be my working definition of Grace for now. I am curious to hear your working definition, the one you would share with a friend as you took a morning walk. In these times, we need to listen and respect one another. I am listening to you and want to hear your Grace definition. This is not a "quote the Bible" time, but a time to quote from your heart. I look forward to hearing what you write. I would like a definition that spans all religions for all people of the world. Kind of a tall order............. Can you do it?