Brand New Year Brand New Beginnings – Grace and Thought

Welcome October – Grace and Thought

I’m teaching myself to think of October as month of preparation. It’s not only reminds us that Winter is just round the corner, but it also forces us to think forward to thanksgiving, and that obviously leaves Christmas not that far off. These are all very important and significant events that are make us unconsciously spend a whole lot more than normal and therefore makes it so crucial for us to prepare in order not to outstretch ourselves beyond what we can afford financially. Read More

God’s Unconditional Love – Grace and Thought

The Healing Power of Grief – Grace and Thought

As far as any of us can remember, we’ve all lived through the loss of plenty of loved ones because it’s obviously the natural cycle of life. There’s absolutely no escaping it’s existence. Thinking back, my most vivid memory of my very first experience with death was when I was 6 years old and my eldest sister passed away. I obviously was too young to understand what it really meant and as I was made to understand that she had gone to heaven and wouldn’t be coming home, my rationalization of grief in my very young mind was a feeling of sadness because I had created a bond with her and I couldn’t imagine not seeing her for a while. Unfortunately, she died on the same day as my Aunt, my Dad’s sister, and the entire situation which had been simply sad to me quickly turned extremely frantic and scary as I watched with horror the events that followed and tried so hard to figure out in my young mind why so many people were flocking to our house and everybody that burst through the door was crying so hard! As I went looking for my Mother, to get some sense of what was really happening I finally realized that it must be especially serious as I stood in complete shock watching my extremely strong Mother as I knew her, looking absolutely broken, helpless and lost with tears just rolling down her cheeks and unable to even dress herself! I now know that this is grief! I had never seen her like this before and as I looked helplessly at her, my child like mind finally realized that whatever had happened was a very deep and crippling situation that nobody could reverse and it was going to affect us in a bad way but I couldn’t work out how long this bad situation was going to last. Little did I know that it lasts a lifetime!

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You who are younger and of lesser rank, be subject to the elders (the ministers and spiritual guides of the church)—[giving them due respect and yielding to their counsel]. Clothe (apron) yourselves, all of you, with humility [as the garb of a servant, so that its covering cannot possibly be stripped from you, with freedom from pride and arrogance] toward one another. For God sets Himself against the proud (the insolent, the overbearing, the disdainful, the presumptuous, the boastful)—[and He opposes, frustrates, and defeats them], but gives grace (favor, blessing) to the humble.

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Love Your Enemies – Grace and Thought

“An eye for an eye will only make the whole world blind.” – Mahatma Gandhi

Such telling words that remind us of the distractive power of the ego! We’ve all witnessed in our own way how much “an eye for an eye” is a concept that clearly never creates any kind of resolution nor does it bring any kind of peace to an otherwise already aggravated situation. It just keeps promoting one violence after another as each person that’s wronged keeps trying to figure out how to outdo the other in the process of seeking revenge. In all honesty, it’s a process that just promotes hate! It’s an absolutely distractive way of trying to seek justice that can very easily destroy everyone involved and spiral on for decades.

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Choose Joy – Grace and Thought

Accept Life – Grace and Thought

“Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don’t resist them; that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like.” – Lao Tzu

Monday reminded me that just like humans, life is imperfect. It was one of those days where almost everything that means so much to me, suddenly spiraled out of my control….and we all know how frightening that feels! It brought on that intense feeling of helplessness that made life feel extremely painful and as I got on with my normal routine, that feeling just kept on intensifying! I couldn’t for the life of me find any relief, and I was emotionally drained, but I was absolutely determined not to let it get in the way of my full normal day regardless of how emotionally drained I was feeling. Whenever I feel helpless, my first call is to God to help me. But when it’s such a deep helplessness as this was, it takes a while to find the peace I need to pray comfortably, all I could pray was, “God, help me!” When I got home from work, I decided to take a nap, my mind desperately needed a break. But when I woke up, the pain was back! Then I remembered a quote I had seen that said that, “Always pray, especially when it’s so hard to pray.” I realized that I needed it so desperately!

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Therefore I tell you, stop being perpetually uneasy (anxious and worried) about your life, what you shall eat or what you shall drink; or about your body, what you shall put on. Is not life greater [in quality] than food, and the body [far above and more excellent] than clothing?

Look at the birds of the air; they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father keeps feeding them. Are you not worth much more than they? – (Matthew 6:25-26 AMP)

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