Grace in the Grit

Everyone was gripped with great wonder and awe. And they praised God, saying over and over again, “We have seen amazing things today.” Luke 5:26

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photo credit: Old Shoe Woman via photopin cc

During a recent trip to our local super store, my husband and I purposely took our twin three-year-olds to that one particular section in the very back with all the trimmings and trees and glitter and sparkles.  At the time, it wasn’t even Thanksgiving yet. But, no surprise, it was already beginning to look a lot like Christmas. The aisles were decked with boughs of holly (and then some) and the music echoed early warnings of Yuletide Greetings ahead.  While, typically, we would have rolled our eyes – the jaded early 30-somethings that we are – this time, in the Christmas section of Meijer, we laughed and nodded and “oooh”-ed and “ahhhh”-ed right along with them.

There was just something magical about those fake trees with their lights and those glittery red ornaments and that enormous box of shinny wrapping paper.  Maybe we wouldn’t have noticed it a few short years ago.  We were probably too worried about our “to-do” lists, too anxious about the schedule, and too cynical to let ourselves get caught up in the spectacle.  But on this day, we allowed ourselves to see it through the eyes of our two-year-olds, and it was all magical and wonderful again.

In a similar way, my husband and I get to experience the thrill of toddler Sunday school each week.  Just like the Christmas section at the store, everything in class is new and exciting and all is possible – God and Jesus and walking on the water…[continue reading].

Please join me over at Young People’s Ministry to read the rest and join in the discussion.  Thanks!



  1. Dear Holli,
    Hello! I am new here, over from the linkup at Emily Wierenga’s site. I really like your title, Grace in the Grit! That really sums up how God wants to work in the day to day, messy, complicated, and so encourages me to be authentic with him, right where I am at today.
    Thank you for your post and for your thoughtful question at the end. I really appreciate the seeking to be childlike and amazed but also be willing/able to not make faith in God in real life oversimplified. I don’t have any grand answers to that question, just trying to be honest with God and believe He can do anything really anything at all, but only he can keep my desires and my heart from being embittered and cynical when life does not go the way I earnestly wish it would. My current attempt to do this below.
    Well said, and thank you again very much.
    Bless you,

  2. hey girl, i really liked this post. i agree–i long to keep the “wonder” while digging deep and grappling. bless you on this holy journey.

  3. I love the wonder of a child as they look upon the simple things like lights glowing on a Christmas tree, and I enjoy watching that wonder turn to amazement as they begin to realize the bigger picture of Jesus coming as a little baby being the true light that shines. I liked this post :-)

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