• Reflect upon this New Testament passage from I Peter 5:10: "The God of all grace . . . will restore, support, strengthen and establish you." Then write about experiences of divine grace when God has done one of these things for you.
• In addition to recognizing grace when it happens to us, we need to be a grace in other people's lives. Don Quixote puts it well at the end of the play The Man of La Mancha: "I just wanted to add a measure of grace to the world." Write about specific ways you have added, or could still add, a measure of grace to the world.
Discussion Questions, Storytelling, Sharing
• Share a story about a time when you have felt accepted although you thought you were unacceptable. Or identify an unearned gift in your life.
• A real obstacle to grace is our refusal to accept the help of others. Recall a situation when you did not want to rely upon the good will of someone else. What was the source of your refusal?
Household, Group, and Community Projects
• Play "clue" in your house this week. Everyone pretends they are detectives looking for clues of God's grace. Remember that grace comes through people, places, events, things, animals, work, etc. Share your findings over a meal at the end of the week.
• Communities, as well as individuals, are recipients of grace. Henri J. M. Nouwen, in fact, once called the church "the garden of God's grace." A community's rituals are often intended to be vehicles of grace. Create an oral history of grace moments in the life of your group on audio- or videotape.