Inspiration #1 – Saving Grace

Saving Grace Poster
I recently started watching Saving Grace on Netflix. The commercials always made it look pretty good, but somehow I never got around to watching it. After I found out that Holly Hunter is a friend of a friend’s aunt, I started wondering more about the show. Yeah, I know, that makes no sense. But it’s true, so get over it.

Anyway, I like this show a lot more than I thought I would. The main character, Grace, is an alcoholic and a big ol’ slut. She’s also steadfast and true to her friends, and full of love for the people she holds dear. She’s a beautiful soul with a tarnished life. God decides to offer her a chance at redemption, and sends her Earl, her very own “last chance angel”.

Saving Grace Leon Rippy photo by: Frank Okenfels
Earl chews tobacco, collects funny t-shirts in his travels, and loves tacos and practical jokes. Not exactly the first thing that comes to mind when I think of angels, but I really hope it’s close to the truth.

I love this show because we’re all broken, and I do believe that God gives us many opportunities to save ourselves, through showing love to others, practicing patience, and enduring hardships with grace and humility. I’m not that good at any of those, but I’d really like to be.

I’m also a big fan of the fact that the show isn’t preachy and doesn’t distinguish between religions. In fact, Earl goes out of his way to make his wards (he has many people to look after, not just Grace) understand that there isn’t one right way to get to God – just choosing a path in the right direction is a good thing. It’s nice to see Saving Grace offer up a storyline that is simply about trying to be the best person you can. It’s fun to watch Grace try her best NOT to be good in every episode, too. Earl has his work cut out for him!

I find myself inspired by this show. A part of me looks at Grace’s screwed up life and is relieved to see I’m not doing as horribly as I thought. Another, bigger part of me feels at peace with the knowledge that I’m not alone, that I too have a spirit guide rooting for me out there somewhere, just waiting to help me find my way to God. That’s a comfort.

Plus, Holly Hunter’s arms are AMAZING! She walks around in sleeveless shirts pretty often, and she’s tiny and so muscular it’s almost jaw-dropping. I don’t want to be that wiry, but it would be nice to have some of her muscular definition. Gonna get to work on that…
Holly Hunter has amazing arms! (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

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