The Greek word for grace is “Charis.” What a beautiful name! Thayer and other Lexicographers define the proper or common meaning of grace or Charis as:
“that which affords joy, pleasure, delight, sweetness, charm, loveliness”
Charis is also used in the Scriptures to describe “goodwill, loving-kindness, favor.” This is often when it is used at the beginning or end of passages to invoke Spiritual blessings. It is also used in similar context to imply a common understanding of grace as the things which we do not deserve. Charis is also used in the Bible to give thanks.
These definitions and passages convey everything that I am hoping to accomplish in this blog. I am not implying, by any means, that moms that stay at home with their children are not as graceful. In fact, I often need more grace on the days that I am home all day with my children! However, I think that there is a special need for grace as working mothers. I believe we are called to extend grace to our co-workers, to our families, to our employers, and to other mothers. Charis is something that I still strive for in my life. I hope that one day my life can be described as full of loving-kindess, thanks, sweetness, and loveliness. These qualities will inspire a lot of our topics and discussions.
2 Peter 3:18 But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever! Amen. (NIV)