Saturday, July 11, 2009
Thoughts: Everyday Grace
I rarely include writing of other's here, but this struck me as something worth reading and contemplating:
Examination of conscience is an ancient practice among Christians. In recent years "conscience" has been expanded to include consciousness. We look back on our day, focussing not so much on faults as on feelings, on what moved us. We look back on gifts as well as gaffes. There is a place for guilt, meaning a judgment that some things we did may have been stupid, self-indulgent, cowardly or unfair. There is a bigger place for gratitude, for intimations of affection, and for the moments that lifted our hearts and helped us to sense God's closeness and the sweetness of being alive.
It comes from Sacred Space, a virtual prayer site I frequent. It strikes me as a perfect example of "everyday grace", something we often don't give ourselves.
The picture was taken in Wells, Vermont. You can click on it for a larger version.