Amazing Grace

For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.

Matthew 6:14


I hope you’re using the mandatory lockdown to nurture relationships, develop new skills, and become a better you.

As for me, I’m learning tea party etiquette from my 2 yr. old, and brushing-up on baby-English, courtesy of my 3month old.

I’ve always been a pretty good student, but learning a new language is tough. So in the spirit of self-improvement, I’d like to share this quick message on the topic of grace — courtesy of a Detroit Bus Driver, Joan of Arc, and Matthew 6:14.

Probably said in a moment of distress, Joan of Arc once uttered 20 (very) profound words of wisdom.

“If I am not in a state of grace, God bring me there; if I am, God keep me there!”

I first read that quote two days ago while skimming an article about a bus driver who recites it every morning before his shift.

The article was about some guy starting a fight with another commuter, which is pretty ho-hum these days, but that quote about being in a “state of grace” really stood out.

You see — being graceful requires that you show respect for others even during disagreements and moments of displeasure. And as you know, 2020 has been one long moment of displeasure.

So today, like Joan of Arc and John of Bus I choose to be kind and gracious toward everyone I encounter, knowing that the way I treat them is a reflection of my character, not a reaction to their behavior.

By doing so, I can take on the day with a clear mind and a kind heart — the perfect recipe for learning tea party etiquette and a new language.

—Ray