To actually feel what it is to be a recipient of grace is a truly humbling and beautiful experience.
To experience grace is to receive something that you did not earn.
To experience grace is to receive something that is a gift of great value but that is not your due.
To experience grace is to receive something that is so valuable that you cannot possibly match it in kind with your own resources. Any thank you that you can devise will be paltry in comparison to the magnitude of the gift you have received.
And so thankfully, to experience grace is to be given a gift with no strings attached, with no expectation of repayment. All that is expected is that you will be grateful, that you will enjoy the gift, make good use of it, and when possible share the gift with others.
I, like all of us, have received grace from God. But, it is in receiving grace from others, that I have come to better understand the grace God has shown me.
To the forty-three people that found they had the resources to extend a gift of grace to my family and me this past spring, I can only say a heartfelt thank you.