“Give us this day our daily bread” – Q&A #3

Give us this day our daily bread;
Give us grace for to-day; feed the famished affections;

Question: What is “grace”?

Answer: Grace is a favor or blessing from God given to His children. As we learned in our lessons on the Beatitudes, “grace is the influence of God in our lives. . . . Grace is God’s mercy.”
(First Lessons, Vol. 2, The Beatitudes, pg. 45)

When we accept God’s grace, and live it, we let our light shine. The Bible teaches:

“My son, hear the instruction of thy father, and forsake not the law of thy mother: For they shall be an
ornament of grace unto thy head, and chains about thy neck.” (Prov. 1:8, 9)

A crown or necklace of grace is more beautiful than any piece of jewelry in the world. And all we have to do each day is to ask God for it, and then put it on.

“When a hungry heart petitions the divine Father-Mother God for bread, it is not given a stone, — but more grace, obedience, and love.” (Mis. 127:11-13)

No one is left out of God’s grace. It is not His will that anyone should be “famished.” He gives grace to us all:

“But unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ.” (Eph. 4:7)

“For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God.” (Eph. 2:8)

“To those leaning on the sustaining infinite, to-day is big with blessings.”  (S&H vii:1-2)

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(Excerpted from “First Lessons in Christian Science, Volume Three: The Lord’s Prayer”
Copyright 2005)

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