Thank you for joining in and commenting on my last three Advent Sunday posts, it has been good to hear what you think.
Today is of course the last post for this year and the subject today is Grace.
Gracefulness, having grace, being graceful, doing something with good grace. Some of the things that might immediately spring to mind when you hear the word Grace.
Grace is perhaps elegance. A beautiful ballerina who can dance in an a seemingly effortless way, she can glide across the floor and we hardly notice that she takes any steps. Graceful, a chicly dressed woman who makes an entrance, she is well dressed, and the way she looks isn't about fashion, but all about style.
Grace is also the way that we deal with situations. We accept that we need help and accept it with good grace. We don't protest, we know that assistance is required and instead of complaining or refusing it, we simply say thank you.
Grace is letting things go, in a good manner. Not simply saying "oh well" but really feeling and being good about something, even if we don't like it.
I can easily think of two contrasting examples of Grace and a lack of Grace. Both in relation to people that I know who need help.
It wouldn't be very graceful of me though to talk about the less graceful person here, so I won't go any further!
So, Grace. Offer it openly and widely and with love in your heart, and accept it in the same way! That isn't to say that you shouldn't say thank you, or offer thanks, but offer it in thanks, not payment.
I hope that you have all had a good Advent preparing for Christmas and that you will enjoy your Christmas and will perhaps be able to take the time to remember the reason for these celebrations and that those reasons will bring some love and joy and hope to your heart.