(yes, that is a full size laundry basket full of kittens)
One of the elements that drew me into the Catholic Church was the concept of grace, although I've never been able to make more than clumsy sense of it. I am moved by the idea that God always already loves us first, before we love God, wholly and without condition, that God forgives us even before we have done anything to require forgiveness, as we will inevitably do, and that this outpouring of love and forgiveness fortifies us for repentance and reform.~ Nancy Mairs ~
from her essay "Here: Grace"
Grace. An outpouring of goodness separate from having earned it. My word for 2010 is grace. I am sure I have no idea what this journey has in store for me, yet with that concept in mind--how can I lose?
2009's word was rich. During the year, my financial wealth diminished rather than growing. Yet, I know from holding this in focus that my understanding has changed. My richness comes not from having great assets at my fingertips, but knowing that I am provided for every step of the way.
Grace, I am sure, is an extension of that. I'll continue to reflect and share my thoughts as they become clear.
How about you? Do you have a word or focus for the year? Please tell me do....