Cornerstones

Grace

The Progressive Farmer is featuring photos this year from its vast archives. This illustration was featured on the August 1962 cover, Image by The Progressive Farmer Archives

Rain is grace; rain is the sky descending to the earth; without rain, there would be no life.
John Updike

None so empty of grace as he that thinks he is full.
Thomas Watson

The grace of God means something like: Here is your life. You might never have been, but you are because the party wouldn’t have been complete without you.
Frederick Buechner

Grace hears, leads, drives, draws, changes, works all in man, and lets itself be distinctly felt and experienced.
Martin Luther

Grace, like water, flows to the lowest part.
Philip Yancey

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For the Lord God is a sun and shield: the Lord will give grace and glory: no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly.
Psalms 84:11 (KJV)

If animals could speak, the dog would be a blundering outspoken fellow; but the cat would have the rare grace of never saying a word too much.
Mark Twain

The answer must be, I think, that beauty and grace are performed whether or not we will or sense them. The least we can do is try to be there.
Annie Dillard

Grace is an ability to give as well as to receive and be thankful.
C. JoyBell C.

Grace will follow us even when we are going the wrong way.
Ricky Maye

Life makes fools of all of us sooner or later. But keep your sense of humor and you’ll at least be able to take your humiliations with some measure of grace. In the end, you know, its our own expectations that crush us.
Paul Murray

Man is born broken. He lives by mending. The grace of God is glue.
Eugene O’Neill

Courage is grace under pressure.
Ernest Hemingway

There is a loveliness to life that does not fade. Even in the terrors of the night, there is a tendency toward grace that does not fail us.
Robert Goolrick

Our worst days are never so bad that you are beyond the reach of God’s grace. And your best days are never so good that you are beyond the need of God’s grace.
Jerry Bridges

All things of grace and beauty such that one holds them to one’s heart have a common provenance in pain.
Cormac McCarthy

Above all the grace and the gifts that Christ gives to his beloved is that of overcoming self.
St. Francis of Assisi

Grace is the light or electricity or juice or breeze that takes you from that isolated place and puts you with others who are as startled and embarrassed and eventually grateful as you are to be there.
Anne Lamott

Now therefore, I pray thee, if I have found grace in thy sight, shew me now thy way, that I may know thee, that I may find grace in thy sight: and consider that this nation is thy people.
Exodus 33:13 (KJV)

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