04/30/2020 There’s Grace For That – by Pastor Katie

There’s grace for that. This was the theme for the National Youth Gathering a few years ago, and though I didn’t attend, that catchphrase has stuck with me.
Theologically, we believe grace abounds for all of us through Jesus Christ, and we are justified by grace through faith. The Apostle Paul writes, “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and all are justified freely by God’s grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.” (Romans 3:23-24)
 
Not only is grace is a fundamental Lutheran tenet, but grace is also a very practical need in our daily lives. To say “there’s grace for that” allows us to be human, to accept our imperfection and the imperfection of others, and to extend grace, forgiveness, compassion, empathy, and love to others and to ourselves.
 
An error on an assignment or work project? There’s grace for that.
 
Forgot to return a call, text message, or email? There’s grace for that.
 
Life happens and you couldn’t get things done on time? There’s grace for that.
 
House is messy? There is grace for that.
 
Grace is the practical and compassionate solution for so many moments, challenges and issues in life.
 
We all need to hear words of grace. When our society demands perfection, productivity and popularity, we need grace to be real. You’re not perfect, unceasingly productive, and always popular? There’s grace for that.
 
Grace redefines our identity and self-worth, not by metrics of society or keeping up with the Jones’, but by God’s grace through Jesus, for each and every one of us.
 
So why am I writing about grace now, in the middle of a pandemic?
 
Honestly, it seems like the “honeymoon” of staying at home has ended, and I’m noticing that for many tensions are higher, patience is shorter, and we all could use a little more grace (and peace). This week our household has been on edge, snapping where once we had patience. Thinking it was just my clan I took to the interwebs and found many families sharing the same struggles, the same need for peace and grace in our homes and lives.
 
There’s grace for that…you’re staying at home in a pandemic and trying to get some work done. You’re not working from home.
 
There’s grace for that…e-learning doesn’t fit the learning styles of all students, the teaching styles of all teachers, or the patience, skills, and time of all parents.
 
There’s grace for that…it is okay to not be okay.
 
There’s grace for one another and for ourselves. Find a moment in the crazy and breathe.
 
I know that not everyone is home with an extremely extroverted and energetic toddler, but I know that we all have challenges, imperfections, things we wish were different.
 
Whatever it is in your life, your family, your work, your community, remember, there’s grace for that.
 
This week, do what you can to soak in God’s abundant grace freely given to you, and extend that grace
to yourself and to others.
 
Pastor Katie

One Response to “04/30/2020 There’s Grace For That – by Pastor Katie”

  1. Christi Catron says:

    I love this, and I needed this message, So Much. Thank you, Pastor Katie! I hope Ben’s bday brought you all some joy:)!

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