|"Grace" A silkscreen print by Suzanne Halstead and mosaic frame by Margaret Almon|
We are indeed drawing nearer to 2013, only a few days hence...This past year has been full of joys and sorrows and many changes too - in location, jobs, leaving friends and making new ones. Most recently adding a rescue cat into our lives while mourning the tragic loss of life in CT & NY and frankly, around the globe.
Grace, God's Grace is needed now more then ever as we wrestle the realities of climate change, gun control and health care - to mention a few...
Grace is a tough word to comprehend. We say, "grace" at meals, we sing, "...God shed his grace on thee..." We wonder at how grace happens through communion, through prayer and even with the phrase, "grace under firer..." We notice when someone is being graceful, or may intone the words, "Hail Mary, full of grace." How do we become grace-full and grace-filled in a world that seems "out of control" right now? So much pain, so much sadness, so much need! The cries come in the mail box, on Facebook, or from concerned friends each day - worthy causes, organizations and institutions each trying in their own way to stem the tide of suffering for men, women, children, animals and the earth itself. Its overwhelming. It can lead to depression or anger, despondency or ambivalence.
"Where is God in all this?" - we may ask. Emmanuel! God is with us. Gracing us always with the passion and compassion that moves us to be aware, to care and then to share. Grace is love in action.
If we allow God to fill us up with Grace, then to be grace-filled is to overflow with the action of loving others as ourselves. I pray that this new year each of us will be filled to overflowing with the individual passion of our hearts and that compassion will live out in this world to bring the hope, peace, joy and love that is so needed now and always. So be it! Welcome Yule!