I am in need of grace this morning.
And so I count gifts as Maisie and I walk the familiar lane of our home, because grace is recognized in the numbering of blessings.
- The beauty of the fall trees even as their colors fade.
- The red leaves reflected in the lake.
- This warm day in November.
- Pictures from a distance where I see smiles and happiness.
- The reassuring Word of God this morning and the Holy Spirit giving me strength.
I glance out the window, watching as golden leaves gently fall from the giant maple at the edge of the little woods. I had no hand in planting this one. Creator God did that through his birds. It has grown tall in a few short years.
I want to be like the tree, releasing the leaves in proper season without fighting the process. The wind blows and its branches sway and turn loose. Yet it remains strong and steadfast in the changing. It remains a strong maple.
Can I allow the days of my life to reflect what God is doing in me even through the changing, even when sometimes it is hard, even when I have to turn loose and let go? I long to.
Solomon said it wisely. To everything there is a season and a time for every purpose under Heaven. There are periods of beauty and new growth, of flourishing. It is followed by the season of letting and bareness. It is a circle of life.
There are days of victory and rejoicing. There are days when my heart hurts and I wonder what and why. It will be easy to count my blessings sometimes, and other times it will be a hard eucharisteo, looking for the beauty in the ashes.
I can learn to be content in plenty and in want. I can do all things through Christ who strengths me. He lives in me and works through me, showering grace upon grace.
I am in need of grace today. And He gives it abundantly.