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Grace

Grace—it’s a word that rolls off our tongue so easily this time of year. We drive down fall-colored pathways sprinkled with shades of cranberry, plum, and persimmon. We gather around festive tables, join hands, and say grace. God’s goodness comes alive amidst the changing foliage, communal meals, and common prayers.

Grace—it’s a word that rolls off our tongue so easily this time of year. We drive down fall-colored pathways sprinkled with shades of cranberry, plum, and persimmon. We gather around festive tables, join hands, and say grace. God’s goodness comes alive amidst the changing foliage, communal meals, and common prayers.

But what if grace wasn’t just for holiday seasons and family gatherings? What if we began to see grace in the dusty corners and the difficult moments of our lives? Perhaps G.K.  Chesterton said it best,

You say grace before meals. All right. But I say grace before the play and the opera, and grace before the concert and pantomime, and grace before I open a book, and grace before sketching, painting, swimming, fencing, boxing, walking, playing, dancing; and grace before I dip the pen in the ink.” (From an early notebook, mid-1890s)

In just a few hours, many of us will gather with family and friends around that festive, Thanksgiving table, stuffed with tender turkey, sage-scented dressing, and tart cranberries. Then we’ll finish with a piece of pumpkin pie. It’s easy to say grace today.

But as I stand up from the table, I hope I won’t forget about grace. For many of us, our year has been filled with stress, tears, and simplicity. I want to see grace in those places too.

So today I’m praying that as we enter this tender, reminiscent, and sometimes trying season, we’ll see grace everywhere. Amidst the ordinary, extravagant, and stretching moments that fill our days, may we notice the Giver. And in every one of them, may we say grace.

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Amanda DeWitt

Amanda DeWitt is a freelance writer, coach's wife, and mom. She completed her bachelor’s at Dallas Baptist University and holds a M.A. in media and communication from Dallas Theological Seminary. When she's not typing away at her computer, she's chasing her two little boys or watching her husband coach high school football.