Grace is a gift we all receive

Grace is a nourishing gift life gives us on a daily basis. This is the generosity of life meeting our needs abundantly, often from unexpected sources. It isn’t something we work for or earn – it’s given free of any requirements. Thomas Adams wrote this about grace, “Grace comes into the soul, as the morning sun into the world; first a dawning; then a light; and at last, the sun in its full and excellent brightness.” Once we begin recognizing grace, we will see it everywhere. Grace is both inside and all around us.

Grace is when we get an unexpected check in the mail that meets an immediate need, a visitor that comes when we’re sick, holds our hand, and knows not to stay too long, a meal delivered by a neighbor when life is overwhelming us, or finding the right doctor in an emergency. Grace lives in the love between two people, especially when they are generous with forgiveness. Forgiveness is grace in action. When one stranger helps another, or we hear of a job opening from an unexpected source, that too is grace. It’s the thoughtful people that show up in a crisis, or the conversation with a friend that nourishes us. Grace is there every time we seek guidance from our Higher Power.

When we live in grace, we can’t help but live in gratitude as well. The stress and busyness of our everyday lives can lead to frustration when we get carried away with our to-do lists. Living in a state of grace and gratitude enhances our clarity, so we let go of what isn’t serving us well and navigate stress in a healthier way. Grace builds authenticity because we understand who we really are, and when we’re truly ourself it’s an invitation to others to be truly themselves. This builds richer relationships and brings more peace into our life. Caroline Myss writes, “Grace is a power that comes in and transforms a moment into something better.”

There is so much more to life than meets the eye and grace is part that. What can we do to invite more grace into our life? We can let go of what we can’t control and surrender to whatever we call our Higher Power, which may be God, Great Spirit, Universe or even life itself. Grace is there every time we seek help. Our thoughts speak to our brain, but our inner spirit speaks to our hearts with love and guidance, so let’s listen to our heart’s recognition of grace.

We invite grace when we live in love, kindness and compassion. Living simply creates a sanctuary for grace in both our heart and home, and spending time in nature focuses us on the beauty of the natural world. We see grace easily when we live in truth and avoid the dishonesty that destroys trust in a relationship.

Living in the present moment enables us not to miss the small gifts of grace that are right in front of us like a sudden opening in traffic, or the person that invites us to go ahead of them in a store checkout line. Anne Lamott writes, “I do not at all understand the mystery of grace – only that it meets us where we are but does not leave us where it found us.” When we open our eyes to its presence, it can be seen everywhere.

Grace is what sustains us through our most difficult times. Sometimes we fight and struggle with what life is giving us, but when we give that up, we can settle into graceful living where our hearts are filled with peace and gratitude. Grace gives us hope and allows us to trust that no matter what happens, our needs will be met. Thomas Adams wrote the song “Amazing Grace” and one line from the song is this, “Through many dangers, toils and snares, I have already come; ‘Tis grace has brought me safe thus far and grace will lead me home.” Let’s be led home to the benevolent heart, generosity of spirit and unconditional love that is ours through grace. Welcome home.

Until Next Time – Sylvia

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