Grace. This is the second name which my parents gave me because as the only girl and youngest in our family, they believe that I am a blessing from above. From Merriam Webster’s definition, it means unmerited divine assistance given humans for their regeneration or sanctification, a virtue coming from God, and a state of sanctification enjoyed through divine assistance. Truly, God provides grace to us despite our unworthiness to receive such blessings. With that, the second book I read for the year entitled Craving Grace is a relevant one for us Christ’s stewards who aims to perfectly follow His teachings yet at times, we painstakingly fall back.
The memoir of Lisa Velthouse just shows that we are not perfect human beings. Despite her success on her first book, Saving My First Kiss, she still wasn’t able to fulfill her promise to save her first kiss during marriage. Her journey towards following Jesus Christ is also like ours. She experienced being lost, being judgmental, and being closed to the graces which God has given in front of us.
What mostly struck me by the time I just finished the book tonight was her transparency in sharing her experiences despite her vulnerability.
“Having been accepted – more than accepted, loved – by God for exactly who they are, they can be less afraid of being rejected by people, less afraid of knowing and being known. Understanding that Christ became vulnerable for them to the point of death, they allow themselves to be vulnerable too. As recipient’s of God’s grace, they themselves became more gracious, less judgmental towards others.”
Despite our sinfulness and our unworthiness, grace is God’s overwhelming desire to treat you as if you had never sinned.