People who live in the truth, that is, people who are humble, realize that all is gift and that we are here on earth to be recipients and transmitters of God’s grace. (32)
Bishop Robert Morneau, Not by Bread Alone
All is gift.
Whether trial or triumph, all is gift.
Do I believe that? Really believe that?
How do we unwrap the gift we have been given?
The gift of life … abundant life … life to the full.
Do we rip through it never slowing to cherish the small, the slow, the still?
Or do we timidly open it afraid of what it might hold, wondering if tomorrow will be even worse than today?
Perhaps we are somewhere in between … vacillating between fear and ferociousness … but ever mindful that we are not living full.
I want to live full … to embrace the gift of all … all of the gift.
My friend, a wise woman with a humble heart, introduced me to a word ~ eucharisteo.
Thanksgiving … grace … joy.
And when we pursue that triad of words, the result is humility.
For only one who realizes her smallness can truly grasp the greatness of THE gift … His gift to us. Grace. Salvation. Relationship. Life.
Today, two weeks since Ash Wednesday, the fasting of Lent weighs heavy … the failure already, the forgetting, the flaws … so obvious to me and undoubtedly to others as well. It’s now the need for gratitude is easier for me to see … in my failure to give thanks, my failure to see the all-gift, it’s there I find myself bowed low. Small. Needy. Weak.
And there He is always … the Creator and Sustainer of Life, the Word Who spoke Life, the Savior who gives Life. He says,
I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance (to the full, till it overflows). John 10:10 AMP
All is gift.
Full, rich, overflowing life is gift.
Will you live in that gift?