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Pieces of Grace

What is the grace of God?  How do we receive it?  What does it feel like?

For me, it is forgiveness, guidance and assurance all rolled together.  How it feels, differs with people, but I’d like to think it’s like getting an unexpected gigantic hug from a good friend.

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To be suspended by the grace of God; it’s powerful and sustainable!

Psalm 34:1
I will praise the Lord no matter what happens. I will constantly speak of his glories and grace.
Psalm 84:11
For Jehovah God is our Light and our Protector. He gives us grace and glory. No good thing will he withhold from those who walk along his paths.
1 Corinthians 2:12
And God has actually given us his Spirit (not the world’s spirit) to tell us about the wonderful free gifts of grace and blessing that God has given us.

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Pieces of Moments

The title seems a bit improper.  Can you have pieces of moments?  Where I was going with this thought is, there are ordinary and extraordinary moments in our lives.  Where do we find joy?  Where does heartache go to heal?  What of the prayer requests we send out? Are they tucked in-between the life we are aware of, or the places that are unfamiliar?

I’ve had conversations with two different, important women in my life.  One gave a response that involved seeking a solution and the other wanted to be a part of the solution.  But in the end, I found myself in prayer, searching for a nudge, an answer that would allow me to breathe and carry on.

And yet, here I am, still in the midst of distress.  I know Jesus wants more from me.  He wants me to pull out of myself out of the muck and mire.  He knows that I am in there, but He isn’t going to do the work, that is my job.  I have to figure out where to go on this path.  He guides and lights the way, but He cannot live my life.  I want it easy.  Simple.  Now.

God wants us to learn how to follow him and put down our demanding selves — to calm that screaming child in us. One way he helps us do this is to say, “Wait.” That miserable, uncomfortable, sometimes painful state of silence is one of God’s most powerful tools to set us free.

If we are willing, that is.  ~Jade Mazarin

The blessing comes out of patience, time, waiting on God.  His grace abounds, and that is what we will hold onto while He is working in us.

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Pieces of Serenity

Yesterday it was cold, cloudy and rainy.  Today, the sun is shining, the sky is blue, the clouds are few, the birds are chirping.  It’s a perfect Spring day.

We find pieces of serenity in many places.  A beautiful garden, a beach with gentle waves, hiking in the mountains, sitting outside with a cup of tea and a good book, walking the dog, the list is endless.  Where are you when a cool breeze finds you?

In my mind (guided imagery) I have a beautiful small cabin, surrounded with large pine trees, a lake nearby with picnic table.  My dad visits me here, and we talk for hours about everything.  I used to always have a cat (before I had a dog in real life), and now I have a dog that follows me around, and lays at my feet.  I built this place years ago, as a place to go in my mind when the world was too much to deal with.  Last year, while battling cancer, I was there a lot.  It’s peaceful, calm and I have no visitors except the elements (rain on the tin roof, a cool breeze on a hot summer day, snow in the winter with snowshoes propped up against the back door).

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When I want serenity in real life; I often find myself at a country cemetery.  I must be a glutton for open air and genuine quiet.  I find myself under a pine tree, when the wind blows just right, I can hear the whisper of God.  I find it incredibly cathartic.

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Experience serenity with Mother Earth.

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Pieces of Communion

The Catholic church honors communion as a very sacred act.  It is Jesus you are meeting.

The bread; his body and the wine;  his blood.  It is experiencing Jesus in the highest form.  He is inviting you to encounter Him.  Wow!!!  Powerful!!!

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While the Catholic faith refers to communion as the Eucharist, it is shared by the faiths of many.  Coming forward to receive Jesus in His most Holy form.

As a confirmed Lutheran, former Unitarian Universalist and Episcopalian, I see the breaking of bread as a communal custom, not always religious, but to share together as community.

As a very new Catholic convert, I am deeply blessed by the Eucharist.  I have never felt as close to the human person, called Jesus, that walked the earth for 33 years as I have when holding out  my hands and receiving the wafer.

Have your experiences with communion changed during the years of your life?  Do you find it more or less inspiring?  Have you been moved by the experiences of this closeness?  Has the experience become extraordinary?  I encourage you to comment on this post, I’d be interested to read your thoughts.

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Pieces of Prayer

Are you a believer in the power of prayer?  Why?  Why not?  I personally have been on the receiving end of countless prayers throughout my life while dealing with chronic health issues.

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I’ve also come to believe that it’s okay, and necessary at times – to pray for yourself.  It’s not selfish or weird!  God wants to hear from you, so share everything that’s in your heart, especially in the areas you are weak; it is there, that he meets you.

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I’ve seen prayer move mountains.  I’ve seen people come to Christ who were nope, no way every gonna change their mind of God.  They were just gonna hang onto their atheism and indifference until the end of time.  But little did they know, someone was praying for them!!  I’ve seen it happen.  A wife never quit praying for her husband, for decades she prayed for his salvation.  Now he writes a column for the church newsletter, he teaches adult Sunday school, he is an active member of the ministry.  He is also sensitive to those walking the path he once did.  I admire his walk of faith.  Prayer did that.  God did that.

Never underestimate the power of prayer!

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Pieces of Substance

What you need to survive is basic.  Food, water and air.  Some might say that you need some form of solace.  Whatever that means to you, and however you find it – it is necessary to live.  A place; whether real or imagined, a book or story-telling, a god or The God, words, songs, scripture – something that aligns with your world-belief.  What would that be?  What sustains you?  Brings you peace of heart?

For me, it is simply; God’s grace.  He forgives me and never brings it up again.  He loves me no matter how far I turn away from Him.  He is the light in my darkness, the laughter in my grandchildren, the joy in my heart and the peace in my heartache.

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Pieces of garland

When Jesus was born in a lowly manger, there was no garland, no star for the tree, in fact, no decorations, because it wasn’t Christmas yet.  The people may have celebrated a new year, but it was mostly turning the pages of time.

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To me, garland is grand, sparkling, festive and very shiny.  Jesus deserved this kind of entrance into the world, didn’t He?  He was showered with expensive gifts from the three wise men, so perhaps that fills the void (for me)!

The real reason for the birth of this baby, was His destiny; He was born into greatness.  He would not only walk among human beings for 33 years of His life, but He would save us, from an empty life, one filled with sin, strife and pain.

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Thank you God, for the miracle of Jesus’s birth, His life on earth with us and the promise of eternal life with You.  You are the garland on my tree!