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About instillnessthedancing

I’m … wife, mother, grandmother, and educator … on an adventure … with the God of Creation

the Goodness of God

“To live by grace means to acknowledge my whole life’s story, the light side and the dark.  In admitting my shadow side, I learn who I am and what God’s grace means.  As Thomas Merton put it, ‘A saint is not someone who is good but who experiences the goodness of God.’” ~Manning

Christmas is the epitome of the goodness of God!

by Geralt from Pixabay CC0 Public Domain

I ran across a poem recently that celebrates the very ordinary blessings of God.  The poet, Anne Sexton mentions her hair, the bath towel, breakfast eggs, a spoon, chair and more … and she says …

All this is God,
right here in my pea-green house
each morning
and I mean,
though often forget,
to give thanks,
to faint dawn by the kitchen table,
in a prayer of rejoicing
as the holy birds at the kitchen window
peck into their marriage of seeds.

So while I think of it
let me paint a thank-you on my palm
for this God, this laughter of the morning
lest it go unspoken.

I love her phrasing … this laughter of the morning.  In this late hour – last waking minutes … there is joyful satisfaction found as well … in the simple pleasures of a family gathered all around, conversations, grandsons at play, falling shadows, and quietness, stillness, the slowing of time, thought, action …

In the midst of the Christmas rush, take time
to thank God for the simple pleasures of life.  

Be at rest once more, O my soul, for the LORD has been good to you.

O come, let us adore Him,
O come, let us adore Him,
O come, let us adore Him,
Christ the Lord.

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