Those who know me well know that I've wanted to get a tattoo for a long time. If I were allowed to blog about fabulous daughter Sarah, I would say that she made it very clear that if I got a tattoo my motherhood status would sink to zero. Since I never wanted her to dye her hair and she hasn't, I have steered away from the parlors that beckon.
When asked what I want to brand myself with, my answer has never wavered. The word Grace. It's my favorite word and most elusive selfie adjective.
When someone moves with Grace, they are a joy to watch. I am athletic through DNA, but not filled with Grace in my movement. I'm more power based.
My words are occasionally eloquent, but they are never filled with Grace. They are sometimes funny, but never filled with Grace. Would it be that they were!
And, I've lamented for many, many years my inability to incorporate grace into my persona. My apologies are not graceful. The bottom line here is that no one would ever use Grace in their description of me.
Then yesterday, President Obama, eulogized those lost in South Carolina by explaining to ungraceful me the meaning of the word and where it comes from. That it's not something we learn, or inherit, but that it's something that God bestows upon us and we all have it. We just have to embrace it.
According to the Christian tradition, grace is not earned. Grace is not merited. It’s not something we deserve. Rather, grace is the free and benevolent favor of God.
"Oh happy day," saith I! I have grace. And, you know, I actually can feel it. Seriously I can.
Then he sang it. Watch it here. If you can, watch his entire eulogy. Finally he emerges and leads. No anger. Clear. Hopeful. Forceful. He has Grace. Always has. And, he might just have saved a wretch like me.