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By Lois Parker Edstrom
I saw a man in a coffee shop, one morning, being very rude to the young woman who was helping him with his order. He was demanding and disrespectful. He said mean things to her, continually telling her to “hurry up” until she was almost in tears.
Then I saw something wonderful happen. The rude man left the store and the woman who was next in line talked to the young woman with words of comfort. When she paid for her coffee she gave the young woman an extra $10. This was something she didn’t have to do, but something she wanted to do.
Then another happy thing happened. The man who followed the kind woman, had seen the rude man’s bad behavior and he also tried to comfort the young woman. When he paid for his coffee he gave her an extra $20. This was something he didn’t have to do, but something he wanted to do.
This is called grace – a gift freely given. Think of it as kindness.
The Bible teaches us about God’s grace. “For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all men…” (2:11).
By God’s grace we live in a world of remarkable beauty and each one of us is offered God’s love. This love and kindness is God’s choice – A gift freely given.
This is grace. How can we be anything but thankful for God’s gifts so freely given?
Scripture quotations from the World English Bible
Copyright 2013, Richard Niell Donovan