Life is Grace

discoveries of grace in my messy and imperfect, but blessed, life

“I never knew grief felt so much like fear.”–C.S. Lewis Lewis was right on target: grief does feel like fear. The same breathless, sickening sensation of a sharp kick smack in the middle of the gut; the trembly, disoriented, foggy feeling in the brain; the same clenching, harsh pain around the heart. All summer–strangely, ever …

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Life is rarely what we expect it might be, but we need to look for the lilies. We need to do what brings us joy and what gives us a sense of purpose. –Elizabeth Edwards Words to live by, especially for those of us with chronic illness who live with pain and disappointment on a …

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The presence of that absence is everywhere–Edna St. Vincent Millay In a few hours it will be exactly three weeks since my mom died. For some reason, I can’t get the memory of reaching over and closing her eyes after she quit breathing out of my head. The last three weeks I have been mostly …

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My mom called to ask me if Francie, the little russet-colored woolly puppy I brought her when she first went in the hospital before Christmas, could be buried with her. Do broken hearts really mend? Life is eternal, and love is immortal, and death is a horizon, and a horizon is nothing save the limit …

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To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty, to find the best in others; to leave the world a little better; whether by a healthy child, a garden patch …

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