“The grace of God means something like: “Here is your life. You might never have been, but you are, because the party would not have been complete without you. Here is the world. Beautiful and terrible things will happen. Do not be afraid. I am with you. Nothing can ever separate us. It is for you I created the universe. I love you.” There is only one catch. Like any other gift, the gift of grace can be yours only if you will reach out and take it. Maybe being able to reach out and take it is a gift too.” ~ Frederick Buechner, Beyond Words …
As we go through life and deal with our individual trials and tribulations, and our successes and happy moments, it is important to keep in mind that “the party would not have been complete without you.” We belong here on this Earth; more importantly, we have the unconditional love of our God and His graces in our life, right here, right now, imploring us to accept them as a gift. It is never forced upon us; rather, it is hanging there right next to us like a grape on a vine, which is sweet and nutritious, but will help us only if we reach out and pluck it and eat it.
One person working alone can have a great effect, but two working together can have even more than twice the effect–it is the law of synchronicity. Just imagine how effective we can be if we are working with God on our side–if we tap into the divine harmony that definitely is available to us and we dare to reach out and accept the gift of His grace. When we work in conjunction with God, secure in the knowledge of the love that will support us through all of our trials, our unlimited potential is revealed.
We must never let ourselves close the door to love and forgiveness because we feel unworthy. As beings that are learning everyday of our lives, we are bound to make mistakes. If we but forgive and carry heartfelt sorrow, our mistakes will become insignificant and will be forgotten. We can then accept and move on; we can live life as we are meant to live it–as spiritual beings who are loved unconditionally and who have amazing potential.
Seek additional graces in your life.
Questions to consider:
How might accepting grace change our lives? What happens when we do not accept it?
Do you accept grace in your life? What could possibly lead us to refuse such a gift?
How do we hold ourselves back when we do not accept the graces offered to us?
For further thought:
“The moment of grace comes to us in the dynamics of any situation we walk into. It is an opportunity that God sews into the fabric of a routine situation. It is a chance to do something creative, something helpful, something healing, something that makes one unmarked spot in the world better off for our having been there. We catch it if we are people of discernment.” ~ Lewis Smedes, A Pretty Good Person