Upon driving to the office the other day, I couldn’t get out of the car even upon turning the engine off. Do you ever have one of those moments – an epiphany, perhaps – that just hits you, when you can’t think about anything else? I’d been struck by grace, or rather, NPR’s hourlong “Forum” report (local to Californians) with Michael Krasny had been struck by grace.
Please, grab yourself a hot cup of tea and a snuggle up with a blanket in your favorite cozy chair, and click here for a listen.
Now, you must first know this: I was listening to NPR. I love listening to NPR; perhaps irrelevant to the conversation, but I’d much rather listen to NPR than turn on a Christian music station. (I’m such a hater that way – the KLOVE dialogue itself annoys me to death and makes me want to mouth-puke a little). And in that way, even if I follow the ways and teachings of Jesus, I don’t then expect spiritual enlightenment from my morning commute. So when the morning’s topic was called “Grace and Spirituality,” my ears perked up like an excited little puppy. And I haven’t been able to stop thinking about grace ever since.
:: noun, verb, graced, grac·ing.
1. elegance or beauty of form, manner, motion, or action
But I also like that grace is favor or goodwill. Grace is the tiny wine-colored blossoms that bloom on the weeds in the field behind us. Grace is the nuzzle of a dog who’s excited to see you. Grace is the favor others have shown me when I’m having a hard time growing a human, and I have to cancel an appointment or take an extra day to answer an email. Grace is the flicker of a smile seen only through another’s eyes. Grace is answered prayer. Grace is a phone call from the hubs every afternoon around 2.57 pm. Grace is the gift of a neighbor stopping by just to check in on you. Grace is the phone call of an old friend who just called because you were on their mind. Grace is sunshine warming my skin in the otherwise cold winter months. Grace is seeing the tummy grow, musing over what the little wonder is going to be like in the future. Grace is talking good about someone behind their back. Grace is past, present and future.
Where have you seen grace today?0