BY: EDNA JANE LOREY
Grace : Blessing (N), Prayer, Thanks, Thanksgiving . Adorn (V) Embellish, Enhance, Beautify, Decorate
This 2009 Holiday Season, spent with family, was very special for me; embraced by love and acceptance. One very special person in my family continuously celebrates the Holidays with her husband, children brothers, sisters, relatives and extended family of all kind. I nickname her “Joy” because of her wonderful, generous spirit. Joy has a special gift for making everyone who enters her home feel welcome; greeted with delicious smells from cookies, candies and cakes baking, meats smoking, music playing, children singing, friends laughing and every sound one can think of that represents “family” holidays. It was in this loving, caring center of comfort that I learned a great lesson. This is a lesson I share with you and ask that you pass on. A lesson of “Grace”. Gratitude is the highest form of Grace. Being thankful and appreciative of what you have, now, in the present and expressing that appreciation to everyone you meet, and especially to the ones you love. I watched Joy search patiently for the perfect Christmas gifts to fill her family’s long list of wants and must haves. She raced from store to store, waited for mail orders to arrive, labored over wrapping gifts, filled Christmas stockings with special treats and at the same time juggled household chores: laundry, cooking, cleaning, coordinating, chauffeuring and running all over everywhere; doing everything she possibly could to please her family and her guest – me. When Christmas Day arrived, we donned Santa hats Joy had carefully selected, opened our gifts, thanked and feigned surprise at receiving exactly what we had asked for: thanks to Joy. Somewhere in the midst of opening one of numerous elaborate, specially chosen presents, one teenager asked, “Where is the x I asked for?” Joy gracefully replied. “I’m sorry. I forgot to get that”. Surrounded by a mountain of beautiful gifts, the teenager said, “Well, let’s go to the store and get it”. “It’s Christmas Day. The stores are closed.” The teenager hopped up, “Something has to be open”. For this teen – Of all the things in the pile of beautiful presents, this one small missing item made her gift list complete. She had unfortunately forgotten to find the most important gift of all – one that did not come with pretty wrappings: The Gift of Grace. Grace is the gift of appreciation that keeps on giving and it is the one Gift I pray you will be blessed with this year and for years to come. Beautify, embellish and adorn your life with thanks, thanksgiving, blessings and prayers.
With Sincere Blessings
Edna Jane Lorey
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