In these days after the Worthington water polo tragedy and everything each of us is going through we pray for "grace and peace" for our community.
This was the Apostle Paul's favorite greeting: "Grace and peace to you."
It's quite a combination!
It is an invitation to unity. It is an invitation to come together.
"Grace" from the Greek is a "Gentile word." It refers to the undeserved generosity and love of God.
"Peace" is a translation of the Jewish (or Hebrew) word, "Shalom," which means "wholeness"--everything which makes for your highest good and serenity.
Jews and Gentiles were in conflict with one another. They were people of different racial/ethnic backgrounds, different cultures, different histories, different beliefs.
The blessing is one that brings people together, and it is our prayer for our community--that we would experience together comfort and healing and strength through the grace and peace of God, and that we would share these extraordinary gifts with others.
GRACE AND PEACE TO YOU!