This semester, a few of my professors gave the class a grace period. In the first week they gave us homework that could be done without the textbook, or they gave us an extra week to complete and turn in the work just in case some students didn’t yet have their books. I, personally, have never had a grace period for any class I have ever taken, so I was a little taken back (and oh so relieved because I had not ordered any of my books until the day AFTER classes had started – because I forgot).
I promise I won’t go on and on about the wonders of Nyack professors and how they’re better than other professors because they give us grace periods, pray before class, and have occasional in-class potlucks. I’m just saying that grace periods are always welcome in my book, both in class and in life. Whether we mess up, screw up, act up, or choke up, grace covers it all. Grace can either be defined as “courteous goodwill” or “the free and unmerited favor of God, as manifested in the salvation of sinners and the bestowal of blessings” – according to Google Definitions.
Sometimes folks just need a break, and I’m proud to say that I serve a God who is not only the King of kings, but the King of Grace. The unmerited favor He gives out is unending and ever-flowing. However, there is a catch. The catch is…. You don’t even have to ask for it. It’s free Grace that He gives to us because He loves us, not because we begged for it or even deserve it, but because He is that good. Another absolutely amazing thing about God’s Grace periods is that it’s not a period. It doesn’t have a start and end date. As previously said, it is unending and ever-flowing.
I’ve come to realize that not everyone is as well-off as they say they are. People are constantly hurting and tired, and would perk right up at the mere insinuation of a chunk of Grace falling into their lap. Well good news, everyone! This Grace period is upon you! *Oprah voice* You get Grace and you get Grace and you get Grace! Everybody gets Graaaaace! And if you feel like you can’t see the grace manifesting in your life, hold on and reread the definition of grace because you might not know what it is. Grace is God’s constant love, His constant care, His constant ability to protect you. It’s everywhere and it’s all the time, and trust me, it’s manifesting.