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God’s patience allows us the chance to see examples of grace and mercy. Without His love and patience, we would be in real trouble!
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2 Peter 3:9 NIV — The Lord is not slow in keeping His promise, as some understand slowness. Instead, He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.
From the beginning, God has patiently scattered examples of grace and mercy everywhere:
- The Garden?
- The Ark?
- Confusing our language instead of destroying us?
- Including us Gentiles (we were never Plan B!)!!
Today I want to share with you a few practical examples of grace (and mercy) in some of my favorite books.
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The Chronicles of Narnia: Epic Examples of Grace
If you have not read C.S. Lewis’s Chronicles of Narnia, you don’t know what you are missing! This WWII time period adventure to another world is So Much Fun! I am pretty sure I have read this series at least 15 times, maybe 20.
Along with the adventure, there are so many wonderful examples of grace in this series of books:
- From Lucy not wanting to leave Edmund’s side until she knows he is going to be OK, even after his repeated betrayals
- To Aslan’s willing sacrifice for another’s sin
- The Apple for Digory’s mother
- Jill getting extra opportunities to get the Prince’s rescue right
- Eustace the Dragon and his transformation
- The Horse and his Boy…
Examples of Grace in Anne of Green Gables
I can’t guess how many times I have read Anne of Green Gables. Not quite as often as The Chronicles of Narnia, but at least 10 times!
Anne experiences frequent examples of grace and mercy in her young life. While she seems to have been used dreadfully in her first 10 years, Green Gables becomes her haven.
In her first 3 days at Green Gables, Anne receives Grace because she has done nothing to deserve the chance to stay and call Green Gables home; and Mercy, because she is not sent to live in a continuation of her previous live of near servanthood.
Anne displays examples of grace herself when she is kind to Mrs Barry over the cordial / currant wine incident. She saves the baby, and accepts the reconciliation without pride or arrogance.
Aunt Josephine, well, with everyone intimidated by her, they fully expect her to come down hard on the girls for their midnight miss-step. But Anne is honest, and Aunt Josephine scatters examples of Grace around:
- Diana’s Music Lessons
- College chaperone…
- An inheritance
Other Examples of Grace in the Anne Series:
- Mathew and the Dress with Puffed Sleeves
- The house at Redmond College. They didn’t have to rent it out!
- Faith Meredith speaks her mind, and is answered by Grace and Mercy
- Putting aside College for Marilla’s sake
- Taking in Davy and Dora
- “Tomorrow is always fresh, with no mistakes in it yet!”
- Even Miss Lavender finds several examples of grace
Examples of Grace from Max Lucado
Max Lucado teaches us with lavish examples of grace and mercy. His imagination rivals Anne’s, which allows us to truly understand better than we would otherwise.
I’m reading In the Grip of Grace right now and Wow! Max uses vivid stories to show God’s Grace. Chapter one (which is the sample you can find on Amazon) is Romans 1:21-32, rewritten into an epic parable. Four princes mess up. One thinks he can earn forgiveness, one gives up and joins the ‘natives’ and one keeps track so that he can report (tattle) to the king.
When the King sends the oldest prince to rescue his brothers, the 3 are too focused on their own methods of coping. But the youngest prince asks, “will he forgive me?” to which the oldest says “of course, why else would He have sent me?”
If that isn’t one of the best examples of grace and the Gospel message, I don’t know what is!
A Few Other Examples of Grace Discussed:
- The replacements in the MLB strike of ’95
- Grace VS Credit
- Offered Gifts (Forgiveness, Guidance)
- The scenario with the car insurance company is incredible!
For Kids, Max has written Hermie, The Common Caterpillar. This is a beautiful story that is as good for me as it is for my boys. We certainly don’t deserve “a heart like His” but by trusting and being patient, that is exactly what God is doing for us!
The beauty of the transformation from caterpillar to butterfly, from believing to seeing; well, there’s nothing quite like it!
I hope this encourages you to look for and recognize examples of grace as you enjoy each new book that you read!
Love God, Love Books,
Aryn, the Libraryan