The Key To Grace

The Key To Grace

The other day, I stopped at the mailbox to grab the mail. That’s a task I dread most days. It’s never anything fun. Bills, sale flyers, notices that are for people who may or may not have lived here previously (there are like 12 different names on mail that comes here — strange).

There was an envelope in there with an unfamiliar handwriting. It was “bulky.”

I opened it and was left breathless.

grace giving keys

This is a Giving Key.

If you’re unfamiliar with The Giving Keys, take a minute and head to their site. It’s an amazing story of how a musician simply made a few keys with words of encouragement on them and turned it into a movement that employs people who are down on their luck, on the streets, or in transition. Each key is stamped with love and carries with it, love, hope, and possibility.

My friend Dawn sent me this key with a note that made me cry the ugly cry. I wish I could share it here, but really, I want to keep it between my heart and Dawn’s.

My word for the year is Grace.

This key is being worn around my neck, close to my heart, to remind me to Be Grace, to Share Grace, and to Learn Grace.

And when I’ve gotten all the Grace and Love out of this Giving Key, I will pass it to someone who needs to feel it close to their heart.


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  1. I love the giving keys! I need to give one away. So neat that you got one!
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  2. What a lovely and heartfelt gift!
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  3. I have never heard of this but how beautiful and special. So much love there.

    I am now thinking of what I could send to a friend of my own.
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  4. I love this. The Giving Keys are so awesome, and so is Dawn, and so are you….so clearly this was meant to be.
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  5. *warm smile*

    I was not familiar with these, but after visiting their website I’ve decided to purchase one for my son in hopes that it will inspire and comfort him while he faces some pretty stiff obstacles, and that WHEN he succeeds, he will pass it on.
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  6. what a wonderful surprise to find in the mailbox!
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  7. Thanks for helping me find my grace, even though you didn’t know you were doing it. I always thought I’d be giving that key away to a stranger, but when it hit me that the key was meant for you it all made sense. Sorry I made you cry. I cried too when I wrote the letter to go with it. The ugly cry that makes you feel so good after. Love you girl.
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  8. What a beautiful idea to be given the Key to grace.

  9. Just reading this has made me feel like I’ve been given the key to a little bit of grace…
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