Grace is not a little prayer you say before a meal, it is a way of life. Grace by definition can mean any number of things from being elegant, polite, to generous of spirit. Being generous of spirit is the kind of grace that gives more to the universe and in turns gives back to those that practice it. Grace, it is such a simple word and a simple concept and yet the question is how to incorporate it into our daily lives, to make it more of a practice than a few sweet words before a meal.
One of the most important things to let go of is our need for control. We are in control of nothing, and that is a hard concept for most of us to accept with any degree of comfort. Grace can teach us acceptance, to allow what is, to let go and let God. What we can do is to remain open to receiving the sacred. Here is where it gets tricky for us human beings; we must let go of shame in order to remain open. We have to let go of our feelings of unworthiness, that we don’t deserve all that we have, that somehow we have messed up. Grace is not based on any type of scoring system. Grace happens.
We can notice it when a stranger gives us a smile, allows us to cut in when traffic is heavy, buys our coffee at the cafe, and shovels the snow from our driveway while we are still asleep. Here is the best part; we are free to practice all of these very same things. Take a minute out of your busy day to ask the clerk checking you out at the grocery store how their day is going, and really listen to them. Think of grace when you open your eyes in the morning, when you are able to walk down the street and see the sun shine. Grace is everywhere; it is just waiting for us to take notice and to experience it fully in our heart.
It is the nature of grace to fill the places that have been empty. ~ Goethe