Playing With Words
There but for the grace
of God, go I.
Grace is something we say at meals. We are saying
grace, as in thank you, we praise you, be with us.
We say that
dancers or athletes move with grace.
We say we
are under God’s grace.
How can this
one little word mean so much?
explore the garden of grace.
Grace is something we can pause for and say.
May we speak it with everything we do.
move in ways that are filled with grace. We
can walk through life’s circumstances with grace.
Grace comes from the Latin and means “favor,
esteem, regard, pleasing qualities, good will, and gratitude (Online EtymologyDictionary).”
When we pause to say
grace, what are we really saying? Do we favor the food, the cook, the Divine,
all of the above? Do we hold them all in
high esteem? Are we speaking with kind
regards and goodwill for their pleasing qualities? After all, I’m sure the food, the preparer,
and of course, the Divine, all possess pleasing qualities. Are we speaking gratitude for the meal, the
cook, the Divine, the fellowship? All of the above? And more? What are we saying when we pause to say grace?
when we move gracefully through our lives?
May we all figuratively
and literally slow-down in such a way as to move with grace in our bodies and
thoughts, and spirits. May we move with
the consciousness of beauty in body, mind, and spirit. May grace be in our thoughts and hearts; may
it spread like the fragrance of honeysuckle into every heart and hand.
Latin roots with the Sanskrit roots for grace:
grnati, which means “to sing, praise, and to announce (ibid).”
accept life with grace we are singing praises to the Creator. When we realize the need for change and move
with grace towards achieving those changes, we are singing praises to the
Creator. When we move with beauty in
mind, heart, and body, we are announcing we are part and parcel of the One
Great Dance; that we are infused with the same blood as the One Great Dancer.
Lithuanian roots for grace (giriu) mean “to praise and to celebrate
speak with grace, allowing beauty to be in our words, tone, timber, and
intentions, we are praising each other, praising ourselves, praising the Divine
Singer of All. When we esteem one
another, assume the goodwill of one another, we are celebrating
each other and the One Cosmic Partier.
When we move
with grace we are celebrating ourselves, each other, the very ground we move
upon, and yes, we are celebrating the One.
Is it true “there
but for the grace of God go I?” Are we
held in grace by the Divine in such a way that we only go because of that grace, because of the Divine? Are we woven into
some sort of fabric of predestination in which we simply get to move the
Creator’s intentions, beautiful though they may be?
Or do we
have a say in how me move, where we move, and why we move? Do we get to pick the colors of the threads
and the style of the stitch? Do we get to decide what we make of this intricate
tapestry of breath and bone?
I believe we
are graced with freedom; freedom to move how, where, and for our own purposes. The grace that propels us from the Divine to
help us move in the world is God’s esteem for us, God’s favor for us,
God’s goodwill and kind regards for us;
it is the Divine singing praises through, and for, us; it is the Divine celebrating His/Her Life through, and with, us; it is the Divine celebrating you and
me for simply being you and me.
It is the Divine’s trust in us;
the Divine’s faith in us.
I am a part
of grace; you are a part of grace; we
are all a part of grace; of the singing, the praise that the Creator announces
through our simply being here—here and now.
We live in gratitude for the Creator and the Creator lives in gratitude
for us. It is proper and good, holy and wonderful to
love what we create. How much more so
the Divine for us?
May we all
realize grace in our bodies, minds, hearts, and souls. May grace be in our thoughts, feelings, movements,
and dreams. May grace flow with our
breath. May we sing grace throughout the
land; announce grace through whispers and shouts; proclaim grace in the touch
of our hands; may we celebrate being alive by being grace made flesh; grace
manifested within us, through us, from us, for us, and for all things in heaven
and on earth.
grace of the Divine be with us always—how else could it ever be?
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