“The grace of God means something like: Here is your life. You might never have been, but you are because the party wouldn’t have been complete without you. Here is the world. Beautiful and terrible things will happen. Don’t be afraid. I am with you. Nothing can ever separate us. It’s for you I created the universe. I love you. There’s only one catch. Like any other gift, the gift of grace can be yours only if you’ll reach out and take it. Maybe being able to reach out and take it is a gift too.” – Frederick Buechner
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 wouldn’t have been complete without you.” We belong here on this Earth; and we have the benefit of the unconditional love of our God and His graces in our life, right here, for us to accept as a gift. It is never forced upon us, rather, it is hanging there right next to us like grapes on a vine, which are sweet and nutritious, but will help us only if we reach out and pluck one and eat it.