Thursday grace is the grace found in sadness and separation and grief.
Thursday grace is recovery grace.
When you watch someone you love die and their death ends their suffering and you say, “Yes, of course I’m sad, but it’s a mercy,” that’s Thursday grace.
Thursday grace is the grace God gives us in suffering, grace that redeems our suffering and allows us to find joy even in the lightless pit, even in our grief.
Thursday grace is not raging-at-God Monday grace. Thursday grace is that God gives meaning to suffering by transforming us through it, even when we have brought that suffering upon ourselves. That’s why Thursday grace is recovery grace.
Thursday grace may be the most miraculous grace of all, at least to our human eyes, because it allows us to be grateful even for our addictions, even for our deepest brokenness. We are grateful not because these are good in themselves, but we come to realize that through them we know Jesus as we never would have without them.
Thursday grace tells us that God never leaves bad things simply to rot in our lives, but always redeems them. Always. Thursday grace reminds us God is our Redeemer.
For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.Romans 8:38-39
This is Thursday grace.