“Grace”

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Having good people in your life is a treasure, recognizing who they are is a blessing and celebrating them is an honour.

The Good, Version 2: Grace

“But to each one of us grace has been given…”
[Ephesians 4:7]

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In Paul’s letter to the Ephesians he wrote that to each one of us grace has been given and I believe that is true, but I also believe that some people truly personify grace. They accept that gift and comport themselves with its humility, generosity and kindness in every aspect of their lives. I know just such a person.

I am still choosing to focus on the abundant good in my life, and tonight I am writing about another dear friend – I am calling her “Grace” – who constantly impresses me with her calm acquiescence of the hardships in her life, and with the wisdom she has earned along the way.

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Grace is the archetypical Earth Mother, always caring for everyone in her life, be they family, friends, neighbours, or strangers in her community. She is a nurturing soul, spreading warmth and caring wherever she goes. At first glance, Grace seems to have everything – a handsome, very intelligent, funny and devoted husband who happens to be wealthy, lovely daughters, a large brood of beautiful grandchildren, a luxurious home in a divine location, clothes (the right clothes, of course) beautiful jewellery, etc., etc., etc.

Despite living on the a-list, my friend has – as long as I’ve known her – fulfilled the role of caregiver; to two family members with chronic and severe mental health issues, helping them see the best in themselves; and to her mum with Alzheimer’s Disease, helping her live her remaining months (years?) with as much dignity and comfort as possible; and to a daughter with incurable cancer, helping her tap into sources of bravery she never knew existed; and now, the toughest blow of all, to a husband who has been forced to enter end-of-life planning, doting on him with loving kindness, tenderness and constant patience despite the demanding nature of his illness. It is a menu of challenges that would defeat most of us, yet she copes – day in and day out – with unfailing good humour, with ease, with love and kindness… In short, with grace.

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“Even in our sleep, pain which cannot forget falls drop by drop upon the heart until, in our own despair, against our will, comes wisdom through the awful grace of God.”
[Aeschylus]

Aeschylus, an ancient Greek playwright, is conventionally regarded as the father of Greek tragedy. This incredibly powerful poem, written nearly 2500 years ago, is a mainstay of ancient Greek studies and is often quoted in modern times. Historians believe Aeschylus was telling us that with God’s grace, life’s hardships are the pathway to greater wisdom – perfectly true of our Grace. Regardless the dilemma, she is the first person we all turn to for advice, knowing that no matter how full her life may be at that moment, her time will be generously given and her counsel will be sound.

Grace is a trait that encompasses many qualities, all of which we strive to develop, use and have recognized by those closest to us. For me, the essence of grace is equal parts strength and love which is exactly how I would describe Grace to anyone who did not know her. I am privileged to have this shining example of honour, loving kindness, generosity and caring in my life.

In my world, amongst my friends and associates, Grace is a very special part of my abundance of The Good.

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“But to each one of us grace has been given…”
[Ephesians 4:7]

‘Til next time, y’all…

 

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One thought on ““Grace”

  1. Norma Phillips says:

    How extrodinare to hear someone praise the remarkable good in others. How very common has it become to hear only the petty gossip, incorrect conclusions and just meaness, that some social interactions have become. Bless you, our Pam. You, who has so much to be angry at, and, as a balance, so much that you
    rejoice in.

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