Grace given


 ‘…can never get but only by given…’  

Grace is a thing divine and illusive. Whether or not we long for it most of us need it. More often than not its presence is only recognized after the fact. 

How to describe grace – a mother’s loving touch, the flight of a hawk or the quiet run of a doe. 

There is a sense of gratitude when grace is given. While having to endure challenging times in life, grace can be the blanket that enfolds us with comfort and protection. 

Might now be the time it is given? In this world’s fragile moment, can we be opened for the gift of grace and the practice of gratitude?

To dress in gentleness – in loving memory of Mattie Collie

A gentle person treads lightly, listens carefully, looks tenderly, and touches with reverence. A gentle person knows what true growth requires. A gentle person knows that true growth requires nurture, not force. Let’s dress ourselves with gentleness. In our tough and often unbending world our gentleness can be a vivid reminder of the presence of God among us. —Henri Nouwen

In loving memory of my dear friend, Mattie Collie. Her unwavering faith and gentle healing spirit brought wholeness to many who sought her care.  Her heart was filled to the brim with love and compassion for each person graced by her presence. 

You are forever missed, Mattie and we forever blessed by knowing you. 


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