Woke up this morning and the phrase "what I do, I do by grace" was circling around in my head. At the time, it all made sense - a linear train of thought.
From "Today is 9/11" to
"Why do bad things happen?" to
"Life is too short / It's Autumn already" to
"What do we leave behind?"
from there, my brain skipped to "what I do, I do by grace".
Life is a gift from God; what I do with it is my gift to God.
Grace - the abundant outpouring of love, showering me like warm rain. A reminder that I have everything I need to be happy, but it's my obligation to appreciate that.
PS - The phrase came from "Bare to the Bone" on the album "Age of Possibilities" by Carrie Newcomer. I've been listening to her since 1980, when she was a young doe-eyed coffee shop singer in Indiana. She just keeps getting better, and her lyrics more evocative.
You took me in when I was hungry
When my spirit ached and groaned.
Laid wide open and defenseless
And bare to the bone.
So, when I rise, I rise in glory
If I do, I do by grace
Time will wash away these footprints
And we'll leave without a trace.
Between here and now and forever
Is such precious little time.
What we do in love and kindness
Is all that we leave behind.