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God” or “free grace”, as “unmerited favor of God.” Another definition for “the grace of God” is the divine influence which operates in men to regenerate and sanctify. This definition tells of the abilities a Christian has through God’s grace. Different religious terms that apply to grace are as follows: “A state of grace” is the condition of one who is under divine influence. The “year of grace” is a year as reckoned from the birth of Christ (OED). The term “days of grace” refers to the period (in England three days) allowed by law for the payment of a bill of exchange, after the expiration of the term for which it is drawn (OED). This is where we get our “grace period” used with credit card, mortgage, and loan payments today. Another form of grace

is used when talking to highly respected people such as queens, kings, and archbishops. People under such authority often call them “Your grace” when speaking to them (OED). This is considered a sign of respect toward royalty, which is still used today. One definition I found that I liked refers to “grace notes.” Grace notes are, “an embellishment consisting of additional notes introduced into vocal or instrumental music, not essential to the harmony or melody.” I’m a singer, so I know from experience that grace notes can be very fun. They allow the musician to intertwine his/her own personal style into a song (OED). The last definition for the word grace in the OED is “thanks” or “thanksgiving”. Grace is still used today in the form of thanks when a person

“says grace.” People, Christians inparticular, still say grace today before partaking in a meal. This is a way of thanking God for providing their food. Even William Shakespeare refers to grace in a few of his plays. One such play is Hamlet. The following is an example of the word grace used in Hamlet. Stay illusion! If thou hast any sound or use of voice,Speak to me! If there be any good thing to be done That may to thee do ease and grace to me, Speak to me! (1.1.134-139) Here Horatio is speaking to a ghost that looks very much like Hamlet’s father. Horatio is shouting at the ghost, almost commanding the ghost to talk to him. I believe Shakespeare uses the word grace here in the form of “receiving something that is undeserved.” Horatio doesn’t deserve to have the

ghost speak to him, he only hopes the ghost will speak. It would be an act of grace, on the ghosts part, if he spoke to Horatio. Another play by Shakespeare that uses the word grace is Macbeth. . . . . My noble partner You greet with present grace and great prediction Of noble having and of royal hope, That he seems rapt withal: to me, you speak not (1.3.54-57). Grace is used here in the same context as it was used in Hamlet. Here Banquo is speaking to the witches. He is telling them that they greet Macbeth with “present grace”, but do not predict anything of Banquo’s future. Banquo is asking the witches what they know about his future. When he says “present grace,” he is meaning present as in something Macbeth did not earn, but will one day receive. I found an

interesting article in Guidepost magazine about a woman and her personal encounter with grace. Sandra Wright is the woman who experienced God’s grace. Wright was a mother of three who had no money for food to feed her children. She was desperate for money and decided the easiest thing to do was to rob a convenience store with a gun. Before she went into the store a voice called her by name. This voice told her to take the bullets out of the gun, and she obeyed. She went into the store and tried to rob the counter clerk. The clerk later overpowered her, beat her up, and then tried to shoot her with her own gun. But, she had taken the bullets out, so her life was spared. Later, after she had spent much time in jail, she decided to attend a prison Bible study. While she was there,

she tells her story to the Bible study leader. The leader told her it was God who told her to take the bullets out of the gun. Later that same day her eyes fell on the verse Ephesians 2:8. This verse tells about being saved by grace. Wright accepted Christ and began a women’s prison ministry. Wright said, “I’m living proof of God’s grace, which has been sufficient for me in every situation” (13). Wright definetly had a first hand encounter with God’s grace. Wright’s story also stresses the “receiving of something undeserved.” Many people would say that Wright deserved to die, but God’s grace saved her. Over the years grace has been used in many poems. The following stanza is the last part of a poem by Lynne Newman. In this poem, Newman talks about God’s