All stories have a beginning. We each have our own story of love and grace. When we look at our own stories, we can trace the lineage and the lines that weave our own beginnings of grace. The connections that make us family wind through intricate patterns that eventually wind together or break as love and grace enters or departs.

Beginnings of grace

Adam and Eve mark our passage into grace laced with the sin of eating the forbidden fruit. The roots of the family tree are frayed with death and vengeance when Cain kills his brother Abel.

Now Abel kept flocks, and Cain worked the soil. 3 In the course of time Cain brought some of the fruits of the soil as an offering to the Lord. 4 And Abel also brought an offering—fat portions from some of the firstborn of his flock. The Lord looked with favor on Abel and his offering, 5 but on Cain and his offering he did not look with favor. So Cain was very angry, and his face was downcast. Genesis 4:2-5

We see how easily our lives can change. How in one heartbeat, life as we know it looks so different. Cain is not happy that the Lord does not approve of his offering. Cain’s one moment to shine is overshadowed by jealousy and anger. As the story unfolds, we find how easily sin enters our lives and changes our family history. Click here to read more of the story.

I cannot begin to comprehend the whys of death, destruction and broken families. I CAN begin to understand grace and the remarkable way it heals and makes things whole. We all have a story of grace. One of brokenness made whole or one that still needs healing. Our families are made of broken people seeking to be made whole. Advent is a time to seek grace, understand its place in our lives and to prepare for an acceptance of the love that was born in a manger on Christmas Day.

This Advent we are walking into story. The binding of God’s story with our own. The unfolding of God’s grace gift and the receiving of this beautiful gift as our own.

Come join the journey of the beginnings of grace, the beauty of story and God’s love poured out for all.

Blessings along the way!

Mary

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