“An attitude of receptivity to life is the beginning of grace.” Fran Ferder
I read this quote earlier this month and it has been quickly becoming my new favorite quote. I kept turning it over and over in my mind and I had decided I wanted to write the next blog using this quote. It seemed every other day I had a new idea or thought using this quote that I wanted to share with you. In fact, a new insight occurred this morning as a result of the Christmas sermon we heard today in Church.
The Christmas sermon today was regarding the two words, “no room”. Those were the words spoken to Joseph and Mary when they were looking for a place to spend the night. The innkeeper replied he had “no room” for them. They instead found shelter in a barn for the night and we all know the rest of the story.
This sermon got me thinking about this quote again. It seems to me that in order for those special times of grace to appear in our lives we must “make room”. So not only do we need to have an attitude of receptivity to life, we also need to have “space or room” to see, taste, smell, feel or hear life around us.
Being available, by creating space or “room” for life, is something we all need to work at these days. I know for me it is very easy to be distracted and preoccupied by so many “other things” that are not as important. Some examples that come to mind include: our “smart phone addictions”, our “football addictions”, our “video game addictions”, our preoccupation with the latest gadgets, you get the idea.
When we fill up all the available space and room with these “addictions” that distract us, then we are surely going to miss out on those special moments of grace. In particular, those important “grace moments” we might have had with our spouses, children, family members, friends, co-workers, the checker at the store or the neighbor next door.
We saw this happening as well on our Camino walk. In the Albergues where stayed overnight, there was often Wi-Fi available for us to use. The available time talking with our fellow pilgrims was “squeezed out” as many of us were busily distracting ourselves with our smart phones or tablets. We just filled up the space and missed out on those “grace moments” with our fellow pilgrims.
As we approach the end of this year and we begin to think about our New Year’s resolutions, I propose we all think about creating more room in our lives for people and less time being distracted and preoccupied!
Photograph of the Week
One of the most popular hikes in the local area is Lake 22 up on the Mountain Loop Hwy out of Everett. It is a hike you can almost any time of year (tough to get up there right now with all the snow we had in last week!). What makes Lake 22 unique is its beautiful setting with the steep mountain cirque surrounding the lake and a trail you can follow all the way around the lake.