This was a blessed week. I love what happened on Friday and on the weekend especially ---a bunch of God winks.
On Friday I listened to one of Christopher's pastor's sermons. He spoke about seeking and looking for the grace that is evident each day in our lives.---to actively look for it.
Then when I went to pick up Grandpa for his weekly visit to Grandma he was not ready. So as he was readying himself I picked up a book. I found this quote of Frederick Buechiner's that I loved:
"There is no event so commonplace but that God is present within it, always hiddenly, always leaving you room to recognize him or not recognize him...See [your life] for the fathomless mystery that it is. In the boredom and pain of it no less than in the excitement and gladness: touch, taste, and smell your way to the holy and hidden heart of it because in the last analysis all moments are key moments and life itself is grace."
---That tied in with the sermon--looking for the grace in our everyday lives. Then when we went to the nursing home just as we were finishing up the visit two ladies were leaving through the room we were in......They started talking to us and one of the ladies said to gram that she had one stuffed animal left and she was going to give it to gram. An 11 year old boy had donated his animals (which were like new) to give to people at the nursing home. It was such a neat thing for him to do and it was an example of grace reaching outward. Then the lady and grandpa started sharing about Christ's work in their lives---it was so refreshing.
To tie this all together I read this today:
"Attention is also known as mindfulness, awareness, concentration, recollection. It is a primary practice, and not just alphabetically. We must stay alert or we risk missing critical elements of the spiritual life — moments of grace, opportunities for gratitude, evidence of our connections to others, signs of the presence of Spirit. The good news is that attention can be practiced anywhere, anytime, in the daily rounds of our lives.
Begin by doing one thing at a time. Keep your mind focused on whatever you happen to be doing at the moment. It is through the mundane and the familiar that we discover a world of ceaseless wonders. Train yourself to notice details. "
I love it when God wants to teach us something and He hits us from all sides !! So this week my goal is to look for His grace daily--and signs of the presence of the Spirit ;-).