Grace to loved ones as we support them in 2020, the year in which the world seems divided as to which particular way to tear itself apart. Grace to loved ones as you are separated, using phones and zoom and various other means of reaching out to support them, offering grace for gatherings that did not happen and birthdays that will be celebrated as half-birthdays.
Grace to strangers as we pass. Lord, how we need this grace. We need to extend it, to remind others that we are one community, dependent upon each other, learning from each other, working together to be the body of Christ. We need to receive it, to be reminded that we are welcomed with all of our flaws, all of our warts, all of our imperfections. We need not be perfect - there is grace for that.
Grace to ourselves. You are likely, in some way, shape, or form, busy. You are busy with work or children or family or household things or job searching or doctor seeking or something else. You are busy, and things will fall through the cracks. You cannot hold the world up on its own. You are imperfect. Fortunately, there is grace for that. There is grace that you do not earn but just receive -- God holds the world up, holds me up, holds you up. There is grace, and each of us can receive a lifetime's worth -- all we have to do is open our lives, open our hearts, and let grace be with us, each of us, all of us.