Stephanie Rische

Stubbing My Toe on Grace

Tuesday’s Child June 19, 2012

Filed under: Proverbs — Stephanie Rische @ 8:11 am
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When I was little, I was secretly envious of my sister. Not because she grew up eating ice cream on a regular basis or because she got to stay up late and play bridge with Mom and “the ladies” while I was in bed. No, it was all because of the day of her birth.

Meghan was born on a Friday, and according to the little nursery rhyme, that meant she was “loving and giving.” And here’s the thing: she was. Even from a young age, we had to keep a close eye on her piggy bank because she was liable to hand the whole thing over to the nearest person she deemed in need.

I was born on a Tuesday, which allegedly meant I was “full of grace.” At age ten, I took that to mean I made elegant, ballet-like movements. And while it’s true that I was enrolled in gymnastics, I had kicked way too many people while doing cartwheels in the hallway for anyone to believe there was anything akin to grace happening there. But being loving and giving—now that felt like something a little more practical.

I was watching the trials for the Olympics the other day, and I was struck by the undeniable grace of the divers in the platform event. As I watched, it hit me that maybe physical grace and spiritual grace have more in common than I realized. In both cases, whether you’re diving off the high dive or forgiving someone who has wronged you, there’s a kind of apparent effortlessness to it.

Although the one doing the gracing knows how many bruises and tears have brought them to this point, the spectators only see something beautiful. For an action to be truly graceful, there can’t be a sense of “Look at me!” or “Hey, everyone, check out how hard this is!” No, to be “full of grace” is to do something hard and make it look easy.

As with diving, grace-giving can feel a lot like standing on a 33-foot ledge, looking down into the swirling water below. That is to say, terrifying. And neither of these Olympic tasks happens automatically—they both require a lot of practice. But grace is worth the effort. It is so extraordinary, so compelling, that the watching world takes note when it happens.

I’ve been thinking a lot about this little proverb lately—so simple, but definitely not easy:

A gracious woman gains respect.

—Proverbs 11:16

So today I want to put my toes right up to the ledge and dive headfirst into grace. I’ll never be a platform diver, but with a little practice, I just may start looking more like the Tuesday’s child I was intended to be.

I’ve taken the challenge of reading the Bible chronologically this year and tracing the thread of grace through it. These musings are prompted by my reading. I’d love to have you join me: One Year Bible reading plan.

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6 Responses to “Tuesday’s Child”

  1. alice Teisan Says:

    Wow what a nice tie in with the physical and spiritual graces. How true. God has a way of weaving all our threads together and all our dreams together–even the ones we wish we could do and can’t. You indeed already are an amazing High Diver that emanates grace with each sinew of your being. I count it an honor to call you my friend, editor, knife, and the list goes on.

  2. maggierowe Says:

    Stephanie, your post is a must-read for every child born on a Tuesday! Hmmm…I’ll have to ask my mom what day I was born. And for that matter, I can’t even recall the day of the week my own kids were born. I must have been distracted. I’ll have to ask MIke!

  3. Nancy Rische Says:

    I think Daniel was born on a Friday.
    Grace is a concept that I think I understand and then it turns out to be so much bigger. Great post. Blessings!


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