“……and life itself is grace.” Frederick Buechner

What inspires me? I’ve pondered this and there are thousands of inspirations around me everyday. But the reason for those inspirations is grace.

Grace is why we have the things that inspire us.

How can a photograph capture the air in my lungs? Or the sound of laughter? Or adequately express the joy of new parents?

I can’t photo the warmth of a campfire or truly capture the awe inspired by star-gazing.

The mystery of marriage or the connection of friendship can’t be photographed. Neither the triumph of victory or the “coming through” of a dark season of life or the endurance of someone suffering physical or emotional pain.

Or love. The kind that transforms us and causes us to want to be better than we are. The kind that is so deep and high and wide.

It’s grace.

And the One who created all of it is the grace-giver. He is why we enjoy every good thing. He’s the mountain maker and the One who fills the oceans. He made every living creature on land and in the seas.

He gives us rainbows and roses. He gives us Dads and dandelions, sisters and seashells, babies and ponies. The moon and blue moons, too.

He’s the One breathing life into each one of us. The One who loves us, came down to us, and died for us.

That’s grace.

Grace is here. Now. All around us.


God, Creator of the heavens – he is, remember, God – Maker of earth –
He put it on it foundations, built it from scratch.
He didn’t go to all that trouble to just leave it empty, nothing in it.
He made it to be lived in.             Isaiah 45:18 (MSG)

In response to The Daily Post’s Profound.

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  1. HumaAq on August 1, 2015 at 2:45 pm

    Good post, you said it well.

  2. rarasaur on August 1, 2015 at 2:50 pm

    What a powerful quote. And word. Wonderful choice for the prompt. 🙂

    • mariegriffith on August 1, 2015 at 2:56 pm

      Thank you. You’re right, grace is a powerful word.

  3. Scott on August 1, 2015 at 4:55 pm

    Good stuff. I especially liked the paragraph, “He gives us rainbows….”

    • mariegriffith on August 1, 2015 at 5:08 pm

      Thanks Scott. Your kind words and thoughtful comments are very encouraging.

  4. Marso on August 1, 2015 at 11:00 pm

    I like how you inspire us to think about all the things we can’t capture in an image.

    • mariegriffith on August 2, 2015 at 6:38 am

      I was hoping to do that. Much of what inspires us is intangible.

  5. dawnlizjones on August 2, 2015 at 7:42 am

    Ah! Great thoughts! God shows me all kinds of intangibles via the things I can and touch. Thanks for the reminder that it
    Ts all b/c of His grace.

  6. Lyle on August 2, 2015 at 9:43 am

    This is so true and I enjoyed every word. Keep them coming.

    • mariegriffith on August 2, 2015 at 11:52 am

      Thank you Lyle!! So good to see you the other day!

  7. seeker on August 2, 2015 at 12:07 pm

    Amazing grace, how sweet it is….

  8. Sandra MacIsaac on August 2, 2015 at 1:17 pm

    This is great! It is the grace, greater than all our sins, that gives us the freedom to see all these things clearly and fully. If we had to see it all with the sin clouding our vision,, it would not be nearly as magnificent to see. God is so good to us. He allows us to see it all through the blood of Christ.

  9. Expectational on August 11, 2015 at 9:37 am

    This post is truly beautiful and inspiring – and all of it is true!

  10. litadoolan on August 27, 2015 at 9:54 am

    Beautiful photograph and meditation on grace. Loving.

    • mariegriffith on August 27, 2015 at 10:00 am

      Thank you for your kind words. I take more pictures now than I ever have because my “camera” is readily available. I use my phone to take all my photos.

  11. Brendon Ward on August 2, 2016 at 2:59 pm

    The grace of God appeared in the God of grace – TItus 2:11-14.

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