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¡Gracia - Gracias!

Within the past few weeks, one family conversation around our dinner table was about the connection between the Spanish words gracia and gracias.  Gracia is the Spanish word for grace. The gracia of our God is freely given to meet our every need - and that overflowing gracia should produce in our hearts the expression of gratitude:  gracias!  Gracias because each test, each provision, each reassurance of His working in our lives and others here in Spain is for God's glory and our good.  Just one letter, "s,"  separates graciafrom gracias, a word we utter (sometimes mindlessly) in constant daily interactions.  We are literally saying "graces."  What a wonderful way of expressing gratitude!