I think of grace as how God, or a higher source, is touching my life. In each day, there are those moments…many moments, where grace is present, and I’ve allowed myself to experience it. Some encounters can be unavoidable, anything but graceful, sometimes messy and life altering, gripping you to your core. But, they can also be oh-so-simple moments…so easy to receive!
I hope that you find yourself reflecting on, and embracing your many moments of grace.
There are so many, many individual stories of grace, and when we share them, we see our loving human connection to each other, and to a power greater than ourselves. Now, you can treat yourself to 365 of these uniquely, grace-filled episodes in the newly published book, “365 Moments of Grace”, already an international bestseller. This is the second in the 365 book series by authors Jodi Chapman and Dan Teck—and over 250 collaborative authors, including me! This collection is sure to inspire, uplift, and remind you of just how magical our world is. It makes a great gift for friends, family, and other loved ones…including yourself! Learn more about the book by clicking here:
I’ve contributed 3 grace stories to this special book—some moments easily received, while others were more challenging, life lessons to be learned. I’m sharing below, one of my submissions from page 196 — By the Grace of Bev
Bev was in her early 50s, an extremely bright and successful psychologist with a full practice. Abruptly, she was forced to give up her practice, along with her independence (including driving) and much of her identity. In the prime of her life, with her mind still sharp, Bev had been diagnosed with the most aggressive form of Alzheimer’s.
I can only imagine how difficult those early days must have been for Bev, her family, and friends. I came into the picture a few years later, as one of three caregivers who support Bev living in her home.
Bev has taught me a thing or two about being present in my life. This wise, gentle soul reminds me to pause and enjoy the grace-filled moments in every day. That’s what Bev has now: moments.
One of the first things I assisted Bev with was putting together a batch of her homemade granola. She uses a big, wooden bowl to mix up all the ingredients. When I was going to chop up some pecans, Bev put her hand out to stop me – saying we needed to break them up (and other ingredients) with our hands. She did all of this with much consideration.
When everything was ready to mix together, Bev put both of her hands into the mixture and paused to look at me, trying to explain that we “put love in it.” When I finally got it, I blinked away my tears. All the careful handiwork was her very consciously putting her love and her very being into this special batch of granola. Bev used to say, when preparing meals for family and friends, “The love flows up from the heart, down through the arms, to your hands and fingers – putting the looove in it!”
Life can get way too busy, and we forget to just be. When walking Bev’s dog, we feel the shining sun. We marvel at the vibrantly colored bush. I appreciate Bev’s delight in spotting her favorite heron by the pond.
With Bev, I’ve found so many simple moments of grace to enjoy.
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