GraceNotes: Holding the Space for … Reflection

#14 — June 1, 2013

I do not understand the mystery of grace —
only that it meets us where we are and does not
leave us where it found us.

— Anne Lamott

Welcome, Inspired Seeker!

Sometimes, I stand in amazement at the mystery of Grace. And, sometimes, it brings me to my knees. In large part, that is because it just shows up. Unexpected and in unexpected places. Like a five-dollar bill in the Spring clothes I mistakenly packed away at the beginning of last Fall. Then, suddenly - surprise! There it is. And, like that five-dollar bill, sometimes I’m happy to find it and sometimes I’m frustrated by an unseeing eye. But, Grace doesn’t care. It meets us where we are, when we need it, without judgment. And, it leaves us transformed in some way. I often pray that I could be like that. Do you?

In this crazy-busy world where we are over-scheduled, over-worked and over-budget, Grace appears simply and sometimes, unrecognizable, I think, so that we will invite her in. The mystics knew this and practitioners of many faith paths create TheSpaceForGrace within their practices.

In both Christian contemplative prayer and Buddhist meditation, the ego is set aside and the mind is quieted as the heart is given voice through the spirit. Space is created for grace to enter and we are transformed by the experience - or at least a little more open because of it.

The Hindu tradition is filled with references to kripa, meaning grace, and recognizes that this is the key to enlightenment, while Islam teaches that Grace is necessary for salvation.

So, here we are, standing in the various stages of our lives and in the various stages of Grace - asking for it, accepting it, crying for it, searching for it, dancing with it, offering it … the possibilities are endless. Wherever you stand, however you search, we hope you will celebrate with us before we take a break for the Summer. The final Interfaith Celebration Service until September will be:

Saturday, June 15 at 5:00 pm
The Chapel at Church of the Holy Trinity
4th and Broad Streets, Lansdale, PA

We hope you will join us in the ever-expanding SpaceForGrace!!

Grace-Fully Yours,
Reverend Deborah

Monthly Affirmation: Today, I am open to receiving Grace wherever I am and allowing myself to be changed as I am led.

TheSpaceForGrace offers ceremonies, coaching and inspirational speaking to seekers of all paths and traditions. Give us a call at 215 260 1611 or email us at - we would be honored to support your journey!