Tonight, I have felt moved by "grace." I love the word, the concept, the meaning, the implication. So much so, I gave my daughter this name, "Alexandra Grace." I think of being in a state of grace, saying grace, being touched by God's grace. Graciousness.
Grace implies having a kind of "other" rather than a purely "self" orientation. It means living life in a way that strives for goodness and not settling for basic good manners. Grace means action, actively sharing grace with others. It is impossible to be small and petty and to have grace all in the same moment.
Mother Teresa lived a life of grace. Angela Merkel shines with grace. Nelson Mandela and Maya Angelou taught us how to find grace after living through extreme hardship. These examples are inspiring to me. They glow like beacons and help me see through times of darkness.
The world needs grace now more than ever before.
I encourage you to reflect on what "grace" means to you. I'd' love to hear from you. And, if you have a really good "grace" quote, please send it my way!
Striving for grace,
Dr. Jillian Roberts