A Place of Grace: What's in a name?

by Grace Ko


1. simple elegance or refinement of movement
2. (in Christian belief) the free and unmerited favor of God, as manifested in the salvation of sinners and the bestowal of blessings.

Confession: I used to hate my name. Being Korean American, everyone and their mothers had the same name as me. It was frustrating to think that I was just “yet another Grace”.

My Korean name actually means “Summer Grace” (yes, I am a summer baby!) My dad told me once that he had thought about naming me “Summer”. To be honest, I sometimes still think about how I do not know a single person named Summer and what a cool name that would have been to have.

But with time, and with age, I have grown a deep and profound appreciation for my name.  There is so much breadth and depth to “grace.”

piermont, ny fall 2013

piermont, ny fall 2013

A Place of Grace is my journey, my life. Follow me in my search for the grace in life. 

I hope A Place of Grace would become a place of respite for my readers, a place where we can together reflect on the small joys in life, whether it be the unconditional love of a pet, the joys of travel, the company of good friends, the satisfaction of a good meal or a great bargain.