Elysa Answers – “What is Grace?”

April 15th, 2008

GRACE.

Do you know that Webster’s has 32 definitions for the word grace? Here’s the definitions that pertain to my week.

Theology. a. the freely given, unmerited favor and love of God.
b. the influence or spirit of God operating in humans to regenerate or strengthen them.
c. a virtue or excellence of divine origin: the Christian graces.
d. Also called state of grace. the condition of being in God’s favor or one of the elect.
9. moral strength: the grace to perform a duty.

It has continued to touch me all week and continues to reveal it self still.

Someone very dear to me lost her husband after a long, diligent battle against cancer. To witness her go though this over the last five years, has been nothing short of grace. Her faith is as strong as titanium and as deep as the Mariana’s trench. (look it up-geography lesson). She has grieved publically and privately and will continue to do so for a while, but to watch her live her life in the very real and present moment, has been not only a testament to faith, but to life. She radiates in her faith from which derives this strength. If we could all live in faith, what a wonderful world it would be.

In class yesterday I was again blessed by grace. I had a new student who came to try my class. I was told at the front desk, she was here and had brought her son. Her 36 year old autistic son, who was also going to take the class. I entered the studio, filled with a lot of bodies and saw them. At the side of the room, mat by mat and all ready to go. They appeared to glow. The love between mother and son, the compassion and the grace. They did the whole class but it was in savasana that I lost it. Yes, dear reader, I lost it. The tears coming down my face as I watched this young man settle into savasana, head turned to face his mother, with such a look of love and gratitude. It was a privilege to witness this expression of grace in action.

As I think more about grace, I am convinced that all of life is grace. As Ramakrishna says “The wind’s of God’s grace are always blowing, it is for us to raise our sails.” We are alive through grace. If you don’t believe this, take one look at your amazing body and all that it is!
Rumi reminds us “Give up to grace. The ocean takes care of each wave till it gets to shore. You need more help than you think.” Sometimes the waves on the sea of life get rough. Life can get overwhelming, we find ourselves in situations that are more than we think we can handle, we lose loved ones, we grieve and we get depressed. Yet in the middle of it all, God is present. When we surrender to the divine, we can claim the exquisite consciousness that we are living in grace. The divine is steering our boat in the storm and we are safe. We are safe in the divine and grace is the natural state of our lives.

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One Response to “Elysa Answers – “What is Grace?””

  1. Anne says:

    Beautiful inspirational writing on GRACE. Thank you.

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