"Chesed", Forgiveness, Grace and Gratitude (Audio Available)

Reflection by Rev. Diane Rollert, 9 October 2016

Grace is one of those beautiful words that’s also theologically loaded. I could gloss over the theology and simply skip to the beauty. But then I would be dodging my ministerial responsibilities on this Thanksgiving Sunday that comes just days before Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, the final day of the Jewish High Holy Days. 

I always find this time of year to be challenging and inspiring in a way that I really do appreciate. I think it’s good for us to count our blessings and to also consider where we have missed the mark this year, and where we need to seek and offer forgiveness. In fact, both blessing and forgiveness are an integral part of the theology of grace.

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