Over the last thirty hours or so, I’ve been contemplating the word grace. In an email to me yesterday, someone expressed gratitude for “always treating [her] with grace.” Her kind comment stuck with me, but I wasn’t quite sure exactly how to process it.
The term grace is not commonly used outside of a religious setting or theological conversation. What does it mean to treat someone with grace? How do we treat others with grace?
Today, I am thankful for the people in my life who have treated me with grace.
With research and reflection, I’ve found the following:
Grace is when we are treated lovingly, even when aren’t loving.
Grace is when others are kind to us, even when we aren’t kind to them.
Grace is when compassion is offered where retaliation might have been earned.
Grace is when we are forgiven even when we don’t acknowledge wrongdoing.
Grace is the possibility of peace.
Grace is love revealed.