It’s December 2020 and I can’t believe it has been almost a full six months since I last wrote and published a blog post. They say time flies when you’re having fun, but I guess that time just never seems to stop, for anyone or anything, especially in the middle of a pandemic. I think this year has been complicated and a bit… well, completely unexpected, for everyone to say the least. I don’t know about you, but I would describe this year as a “brace-yourself, pick-yourself-up, dust-yourself-off, sit-down, stand-up, take-a-nap, go-for-a-walk, hug-your-partner, cuddle-your-pet, wrap-yourself-up-in-a-blanket-like-a-burrito-and-try-again-tomorrow” kind of year.
2020 has also been about relentlessly reaching out for understanding, love, help and acceptance.
So, if your year has felt a little like that too, then this post is just for you.
There is so much that I want to say, but I think it‘s best if we start with the word Grace.
So, I looked up the dictionary definition of grace and what I found was that grace is described as “smoothness and/or elegance of movement”. I couldn’t help but to laugh out loud because this year has felt nothing like that. Quite the opposite actually.
I decided to check what the Bible said and biblically, grace is defined as “the love and mercy GIVEN to us by God” and mercy consists of “compassion and forgiveness”. In fact, synonyms for mercy include “humanity, humanness, soft-heartedness, kindness and generosity”.
Now those are a whole bunch of words that I can work with!
I think this year, in all its raw and realness, more than anything, has provided us with the opportunity to really understand grace – the grace we get to show towards each other, but especially the grace we get to show ourselves. This year, in my opinion, has stood as a testimony for what grace is all about and why we need it so badly – to embody relentless compassion and kindness, to approach where we find ourselves with generosity, forgiving ourselves for the things we don’t get right, for the spaces we find ourselves in, including all of the things we wanted to do this year but couldn’t. Grace reminds us to remain soft-hearted with our thoughts and feelings and with our actions. Grace reminds us to “come as you are”.
I love how grace is rooted in love and mercy and that it is given to us by God – it is a complete gift. He gives it to us, without a price. That’s just who He is – a loving, merciful God, who has a lot of grace to give.
So I say, let us fully accept that gift of grace, let us allow it to pour in, to the very depths of our spirits. Let us follow by example and give grace to ourselves, showering ourselves with love and mercy and compassion and forgiveness. Let us truly celebrate in our humanity, knowing that it is our ability to be so fully human, so perfectly flawed, that we get to comprehend the meaning behind true grace. Let us be so full of love, softness and kindness and then let us share it with those around us.
We all deserve a whole bunch of grace – a whole 2020 bucket load of it!
All my love xx