I’ve heard a quote many times this summer, “Life itself is grace.” Fredric Beuchner, one of my favorite authors said this in his book Listening to your life. The longer quote goes, ” Listen to your life. See it for the fathomless mystery that it is. In the boredom and pain of it no less than in the excitement and gladness: touch, taste, smell your way to the holy and hidden heart of it because in the last analysis all moments are key moments, and life itself is grace.”
There are many times where life feels nothing like grace. It feels difficult. I may feel sad. Consuming. Grievous even… but filled with grace?
Yes, life itself is grace.
Every day, I have a choice. I have a choice to see life as a series of events that prove grace exists or I can choose to in my waking, sleeping, walking around, eating, relating, crying, laughing, hoping life, that each of these things holds grace beyond comprehension, and it is mine to be thankful. Perspective is imperative.
I must admit that I often believe the particular events of life are evidence of God’s grace as opposed to God’s grace being the very fact that I exist and live and breathe and have a heart to break, to feel, to burst with love, to engage beauty and to soak in the real of it all. God’s grace is beyond events, it is in his very breath. For it was His breath that gave us life and it will be His breath that we each breathe before we fall asleep in the end of our days. His breath is our grace.
As you live in today. May you be invited to live in the beauty of grace. A beauty that is experienced within the good, the difficult, the joyous and the heartbreaking. May your life’s perspective be found in the gift of life you’ve been given and may that enable you (and me) to live with peace and joy in the midst of all of life’s circumstances.