“[W]e turn aside from the things that ordinarily occupy our waking hours and we wait in Thy presence. We are reminded of the graces of life that are so commonplace, so much a part of our daily living that the grace of them is lost sight of.” For the Inward Journey, Howard Thurman
I have found myself reflecting on grace over the last week. It is an idea that I find hard to describe or define but I know it when it happens in my life. It is those moments when the truth that life is for me is evident at the very core of my being. Grace is in moments of gratitude and joy when I am with people I love or engaged in work that is alignment with who I am. It can also manifest as moments when people in my life are helpful and generous with me during challenging times. Last night, I experienced grace as I viewed the beautiful strawberry moon I photographed in the night sky. These moments, ultimately, leave me feeling that all is well no matter what may be happening in my life at the time.
Such moments are particularly poignant for me at this time in light of several instances over the last couple of weeks where members of the human family have died suddenly through violence, accidents and unforeseen or undiagnosed medical conditions. It reminds me that nothing is promised and to recognize what a wonderful gift life and every experience I have is no matter what challenges may come up. Challenges are opportunities for me to see grace in action as I work through them.
Howard Thurman reminds us that grace is woven into the very fabric of life. It is important that we take the time to be attentive to the moments of grace that Thurman goes on to describe as times when we “rise out of our beds and be active, to do our work, to live our lives with the full function of our bodies.” His words remind us that through grace we are able to do those things we do on a daily basis. They also remind me of a phrase I have heard in churches throughout my life about being appreciative of waking up “clothed” in my right mind. Grace stitches together the tapestry that we call life. When we are quiet and mindful of grace as it manifests in our lives we do not take for granted the “little graces” of life that make it possible for us to live life fully. We accept that divine grace is sufficient and available in every moment.