Everyday Reminders of Grace

Thursday, January 9

1-9By Michele McGrath of Ridgewood, New Jersey, USA

“…seek peace and pursue it. For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and his ears are open to their prayer.”

—1 Peter 3:11–12

When I was a child, my grandmother passed away, and my grandfather came to live with us. My grandparents had been saving for a trip to Lake Tahoe. A couple of months after my grandmother’s death our reshaped family headed there on vacation.

One day my grandfather insisted on staying in the hotel room and urged the rest of us to continue with our plans. When we returned that afternoon, something was very wrong. We three children were told to go outside and play in the snow.

Time seemed to stretch to infinity while waiting for the ambulance, and finally, we learned of our grandfather’s death. Three minutes seemed like 30, four minutes a lifetime. Today, I cannot hear the siren of an ambulance or any other emergency vehicle without saying a prayer for those people anxiously awaiting its arrival. It has become a moment of everyday grace for me, a reminder that God is with those who desperately wait. God’s ears are open to our prayers.

In Genesis, Noah and his family were promised that ever after rainbows would be reminders of the Sacredness of Creation—the Earth, us and every living creature; each rainbow a reminder of God’s grace.

I have a friend who prays for safe travels every time she hears the click of a seat belt. Another silently thanks God for being trustworthy each time she handles a US coin inscribed with “In God We Trust.” Another is reminded to pray with gratitude for the gift of another day whenever he sees a sunrise. What moment of everyday grace can be a reminder for you today?

Prayer for Peace
Hear our prayers, O God. Remind us of your grace in all of creation. We see your caring presence on every journey, the daily sunrise, and in our everyday actions.

Spiritual Practice: Growing a Gracious, Generous Heart
Open your heart to God’s grace and generosity with a “breath prayer.” Let your breathing slow and deepen. Be aware of God’s breath moving in and out of your heart. Spend several minutes focusing on breathing in God’s generosity. With each breath, silently name one gift for which you are thankful. Let your heart expand to contain God’s gracious outpouring of love. With each breath out, name one gift you want to share from the overflow of your heart.

Peace Covenant
Today, God, I will look for reminders of your grace, and be thankful.

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3 Comments

  1. Janné Grover

     /  9 January 2014

    Beautifully written and shared. Thanks so much for this important reminder of everyday grace.

  2. Carol Vincent

     /  9 January 2014

    I read this today at the morning devotions at The Groves. Many reminders of how we, though aged and infirm, can be participants of God’s grace and can pass it on to others. Thank you.

  3. Jeannie Strout

     /  9 January 2014

    Thanks

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