Encountering Grace

The Grace of simply listening

This post came to me today, shared on her FB page by a family member. Our family, like yours, understands all too well those difficult events that become gateways into grief, whether they be death, divorce, life-long mental and physical health issues, long-term care giving, unmet, deeply desired hopes . . . and on and on. What this 4-minute video offers simply and clearly is what I’ve found to be true, not only during my own grief journey but also through my reading, researching and writing about the interconnectedness of grief and grace. Standing by in quiet support - tenderly acknowledging the inevitable pain that must be experienced in order to travel through it - is a most gracious way o

Love for three feet around

So, I said to my son: “It is crazy down here, Matt. There’s an electrical charge of anticipation, even desperation, in the air; it’s as if we should all watch where we’re going so we don’t make contact with any loud, loose, dangerous, live wires whipping around. Reality now equals divisiveness. I know I can’t heal the world, but surely I can say something helpful.” And Matt said: “Tell them about love.” So, here goes: I believe that unconditional love, liberally felt and given, is what will save us. I believe love fills our hearts to overflowing to remind us we are meant to serve and care for others. I believe the presence of loving energy in my life, and in yours, and then in another, and o

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