As we begin the second week of Easter–that is, if you’re one of those folks who recognizes Easter as a season, not a day–it’s important to consider what it means to live in this season.
As Christians we recognize the grace that’s been given to us, we accept the story of the Resurrection, but it’s still hard to figure out how we can actually live the story.
And some of us, quite frankly, just when we think we’re figuring it out and headed down the right path, stumble, fail, get discouraged, or plain old disappoint ourselves. But that’s when the good news becomes the Good News.
That’s when we know what grace is.
There is the grand, beautiful, unconditional, limitless love we want to give to one another, the love that bears all things, endures all things, believeth all things, the love that sees. And then there is the stingy, shabby, nearsighted human love we find ourselves giving. The aching, immeasurable distance between one and the other can be filled only by grace. (Kate Braestrup, Beginner’s Grace, p. 83)
Because grace is the thing that fills in all those gaps and makes us whole.
It makes community possible.