May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit, brothers and sisters. Amen. (Galatians 6:18 NRSV)

We should understand that the grace of God is the beginning of our experience. By the use of the full title of our Lord, Paul calls our attention to the greatness of God's grace. "Lord" identifies Jesus as son of man. "Christ" identifies his mission as the one sent by the Father. Grace is all that Jesus has done to remove the barriers between God and us, and to enable us to become what God desires for us to be. Grace is God's generosity being expressed in Jesus Christ.

Very few of the famous comedians of our time had extremely comfortable, happy childhoods. Somehow, they gained the insight, wisdom, and grace to laugh in spite of the state of their lives. As George Santayana has said, "There is no cure for birth and death save to enjoy the interval."

Grace is God's way of bringing us the full joy of a relationship with God.

God of grace, fill me full of your grace so that I may be able to help others see the joy of having a close relationship with you. In Jesus' name, Amen.

Ron Newhouse

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