"Blessed are they that mourn for they shall be comforted." Matthew 5:4
Grace. In her book, Gift from the Sea, Anne Morrow Lindbergh speaks of being aware of times in our lives when we seem to be "in grace" and other periods when we feel "out of grace." "In the first condition, one seems to carry all one's tasks before one lightly, as if borne along on a great tide; and in the opposite state one can hardly tie a shoe-string."
Today I tied my shoe-strings a little easier with the help of those who surround me: God, friends and family, both near and far. These words greeted me in my morning reading: "the mourners are called blessed not because mourning is good, but because they shall be comforted." By sharing my grief and sorrow, I have allowed those around me to bring me comfort. It has come in the form of blog messages, phone calls and inspired readings. It has come from me, too, as I have allowed myself to be still and listen to my own rhythm for a few days.
Grace. How often we believe we must give grace to everyone except ourselves. Thank you for the grace and comfort you show me. How will you show yourself grace today...tomorrow?
Finally, I would like to share a poem sent to me by my friend across the ocean, Tess.
Poor human race that must
Feed on pain, or choose another dish
And hunger worse.
There is also a cup of pain, for
You to drink all up, or,
Setting it aside for a sweeter drink,
I am thy friend. I wish
You to sup full of the dish
I give you and the drink,
And so to fatness come more than you think
In health of opened heart, and know peace.
Grief spake these words to me in a dream. I thought
He spoke no more than grace allowed
And no less than truth.
by Stevie Smith