what does it mean?

Posted: June 17th, 2014 | Filed under: life | Tags: , | No Comments »

As parents feel for their children, God feels for those who fear him. He knows us inside and out, keeps in mind that we are made of mud.Psalm 103:13-14 MSG

We were swinging and pretending that we spoke an obscure language where we had to translate our names into the new language. She’s eight and that’s what you do with eight-year-olds. This one, at least.

“What does Grace mean?” It’s her middle name. “I mean, I know it has something to do with God and love, or whatever. Forgiveness? But, what does it mean?”

“It’s all of that. …It’s favor.” I’m struggling because this is a parenting spotlight moment and the mic is hot. “It means preference.”

I’ve never been that great at summing it up.

“Let’s say that there are two other kids here and they’re the same age as you, almost as cute as you, and are interested it the same things as you. Even though I love kids and would never want to make anyone feel bad, you would always come first. If all of you wanted to sit by me on the swing, I would choose you. If they misbehaved all the time, I might send them home and never let them to come back. But, you could misbehave all day and I would never send you away. It’s not about being fair, it’s about preference. Favor.”

“So forgiveness?” She’s smarter than me.

“Yeah, like an endless supply of forgiveness and love.”

“From God.”

“Yeah.”

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