Love is…our saving grace.
The definition of saving grace is ‘a redeeming quality or characteristic.’ The term could be used in a religious sense, but it doesn’t have to be, and it doesn’t even have to refer to people in a strict sense. However it’s used, it has a beautiful ring to it, doesn’t it? Saving grace.
These days, it seems the world is fractured. It seems countries are divided and people are torn. We see so many examples of hate and war, intolerance and dismissiveness. We’ve stopped listening to each other a long time ago, and somewhere on our current path, it feels as if we’ve become more isolationist and less respectful of others, other viewpoints and other grievances, especially the ones we don’t agree with.
It would seem to be dark days, except humans have a capacity to love that is wholly amazing. The more we love, the bigger our hearts feel, the brighter our days look. When you love, you act as a magnet, drawing more love to you.
Because, really, so few of us truly hate. We fear, we resent, we react, we defend or become defensive, but we don’t hate. Just look at all the times, all over the world, where tragedy has been followed by an enormous outpouring of love, bringing hope and humanity.
Since I write romance, I’ve used this theme several times, but have only spoken of it outright in my newest release, Liah, the second book of the Garguiem series. In that story, ‘saving grace’ refers to a person who embodies a test that directly relates to the reason an angel fell. Basing my concept off stories most Christians have heard, the saving grace is the only thing that can return the fallen soul to God’s favor. For those who’ve never heard of fallen angels—once upon a time, there was a war in heaven and those who fought against God were cast out.
The Garguiem series is about a secret, ancient group of warriors who defend the Catholic Church from evil and corruption, but it’s not religious fiction. (Unless priest kink counts…?) The Garguiem were angels, Watchers who refused to pick a side in the heavenly war, and so were cast out of heaven, made mortal and charged with the protection of the world from evil. In the middle ages, a group of them were recruited to work for the Church, and gargoyles marked all the places their protection extended. In Liah’s story, she runs into someone who believes she is his only hope of everlasting salvation—his saving grace—though he also rejects the idea.
The characters are very different. One is bold, the other ruled by fear. One is traditional, the other is progressive. But, under it all and with some honest communication, they find commonality—generosity, faith, duty and love. Both reach out a helping hand, both want to do what’s right and both are determined to leave the world a little better off.
And so do we, as humans, because we are human. We will war and protest, but we will also laugh and love. We will reach out and embrace those who are different because, for all our faults and all the terrible, terrible things that have been done to others in the history of humankind, we love deeply, wholly and unconditionally.
And love is our saving grace, making the world—and us—better and brighter, one heart at a time.
~Lola White www.lola-white.com
More information about The Garguiem series can be found at http://lola-white.com/the-garguiem/
Guess the word:
A small excerpt from ‘Levi’ that was especially important to Marcella’s decision to accept what she’d found with Levi. If you can guess the missing word, you’ll win a signed paperback copy of the first and second books in The Garguiem series (Levi and Liah).
Mixed with the physical pleasure was the knowledge that they were, again, in church. That brought a hint of guilt and self-recrimination, but Marcella had a clear memory of Levi’s previous admonishment. Love doesn’t ____________.