Walk In Grace

A friend of mine who recently lost her husband, signed off an email with…

Walk in Grace.

I didn’t think much of it at the time, yet it keeps appearing in my thoughts like a faint, flicker of light.

She certainly has honed the skill, so beautiful and stoic, loss trailing behind her like a somber lady’s maid.

The word addict that I am, went to the heart of it like a curious scientist taking it apart at the seams…simple elegance of refinement or movement. Courteous goodwill…a polite, attractive manner of behaving, according to Mr. Webster.

To take it up a notch…the free and undeserved favor of God…the salvation of sinners…a bestowing of blessings bringing one to their knees.

Wow! Did I unleash a power greater than myself, religion going up a quart since, there are no atheists in a foxhole, said Hemingway, and collectively can’t deny, we all find ourselves in one, from time to time.

Saying grace.

Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound.

Grace under fire.

Grace Kelly…

Will and Grace…

Grace Slick singing…Don’t you want somebody to love?

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What exactly does grace mean to me personally?

That I’m no longer ashamed of my hearing loss, allowing it to be a part of me same as my humor and short, black hair.

When a person is rude and impatient when I ask if they’d please speak up or look at me, and it’s too much to ask.

Thinking of Hicks in a cold grave in Mississippi, when he should be warming up in the on-deck circle ready to hit another grand slam.

When I see a homeless person wrapped in newspapers as I head home to heat and comfort.

There but for the grace of God go I.

Well that certainly sums it up.

Anne Lamott says, I do not at all understand the mystery of grace…only that it meets us where we are, and does not leave us where it found us.

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SB

 

 

About Susannah Bianchi

I'm just a girl who likes to write slightly on slant. I've had a career in fashion, dabbled in film and to be honest, I don't like talking about myself. Now my posts are another matter so I will let them speak for themselves. My eBooks, A New York Diary, Model Behavior: Friends For Life and Notes From A Working Cat can be found on Amazon.com. Thanks.
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35 Responses to Walk In Grace

  1. robprice59 says:

    Sonia’s four year old granddaughter is called Grace. Never a name better suited. Predictions are rash, but I foresee great things for her.

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  2. Youngest cat is Gracie. The name doesn’t really describe her unless I use her whole name of Grace O’Malley, famous female pirate!

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  3. Part of grace is caring deeply for others. You are full of grace.

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  4. Vasca says:

    Grace is one of the loveliest words wrapped in such sweet beauty. I’ve two close friends who find ourselves dealing w/husbands dying a slow death. We are kindred spirits walking in grace. We ‘raise each other up’…as a result people tell us how much they see ‘grace’ in action. Grace is such a beautiful thing. You put it beautifully, Susanna – thank you.

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  5. Patricia says:

    Beautifully written. I agree with Anne…some things are mysteries. Grace is one of the wonderful mysterious gifts from God.

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  6. skinnyuz2b says:

    What a beautiful piece, Susannah. And so poetic – ‘… loss trailing behind her like a somber lady’s maid.’ Love it!
    I’ve known many people who have exhibited grace, but don’t believe anyone, even a saint, can be full of grace on a constant basis. Time to strive for more graceful moments.

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  7. When you said you were a lover of words, I had to go look up lexophile to make sure it was a real word. Yep, you’re a lexophile, like me. 🙂
    Grace is such a beautiful thing, especially because it’s free and undeserved. It’s truly humbling. Beautiful essay and very inspiring.

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    • Laxophile, sister of bibliophile or a cousin who lives in California since lax suggests relaxed and west coasters do have the reputation of all that wind in their hair. Like there’s no mousse in Malibu. Grace. Yes it’s free and over the counter. No prescription necessary. 🙃

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  8. Sorryless says:

    SB,

    Grace is amazing for a reason, I’m guessing.

    I’m a quart up myself after reading this beautiful piece. Without need for the foxhole, which is a very good thing. Methinks I summoned this thing called grace from the black diamonds I skied recently. It worked beautifully, and so of course, I raised a toast to it later on.

    The mysteries were always a comfort to me.

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    • Like when you say…methinks. Such an old school expression. My lady friend who inspired this really is grace in motion. After parting with her husband of many years witnessing tethered to a year of helplessness, she astounds me with her ability to carry on. Grace and strength doing a noble two-Step Thanks for writing.

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  9. “Grace defies reason & logic. Love interrupts… the consequences of your actions” Bono
    Deep

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  10. Very philosophical, Susannah. With a hint of compassionate benevolence, that always becomes you. Lovely. :O)

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  11. Decided not to comment…would’ve been positive, but I can’t even try to outdo the post.
    Wonderful.
    Scott

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  12. aFrankAngle says:

    This is so well-written while promoting thinking! Love it!!! You mentioned the religious aspect, grace was an important tenet to Martin Luther – and remains with Lutherans today. Being a newbee here, your grace got you to reach out to the boy who fell on the sidewalk.

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  13. Once you are a recipient of grace, there is no going back. It truly is unmerited favor and I have basked in it several times. Where would any of us be without grace?

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  14. Grace- hard to capture and sometimes hard to believe in but needed. I love Anne Lamott! Thanks for your writing.

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