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Five Minute Friday: Grace

Hello, Friends. Welcome back for another Friday spent with Lisa-Jo and the Five-minute crowd. Today, we’re taking five minutes to write on the prompt Grace. Do you have five minutes to write, read, or both? Why don’t you join us?

1. Write for 5 minutes flat – no editing, no over thinking, no backtracking.
2. Link back here and invite others to join in.
3. And then absolutely, no ifs, ands or buts about it, you need to visit the person who linked up before you & encourage them in their comments. Seriously. That is, like, the rule. And the fun. And the heart of this community…

Today’s Prompt: Grace


An editor once asked me to remove the word grace from an article I wrote for her. She said not everyone knows the word grace in the context in which I used it. I agreed, and looked for a suitable stand-in. I think I used the word favor, as in, unmerited and undeserved favor. Not the kind of favor I ask for from my kids when I send them upstairs for the umpteenth time to grab my slippers. Not the kind of grace you say before a meal. Not the kind of grace and favor one used to receive in the form of payment or housing in the days of the monarch.

But the kind that gives us every winged thing, from butterflies to blue jays. The kind of grace that favors us with trees aflame on the drive to the grocery store, with poems that move the soul, and brown eyes that wink across the room. Grace in the way of yellow gerber daisies and a hot meal in the oven and the scent of cinnamon spice.  The unmerited favor of an “I’m sorry” or a back rub from a loved one or a friend who says “Yes, I’d love to come.”

Grace is our first breath and our last. It is everything in-between, and there isn’t a person alive who hasn’t tasted the bounty of it. We know grace down to the bone even when we can’t say it in a word.


Where did you find grace today?