Word of the year: Grace
Sunday, May 14, 2017
(November, 15, 2016) I know it is early to begin choosing a word to guide me through 2017, I hated the thought of letting Joy go. It has meant so much to me this year. I even thought, I will just use it again. But, The same word keeps coming to me: grace. After looking more deeply into its real meaning, I feel that God has chosen grace for me as my new word of the year. I love that My God is such a personal God. I can feel His hand in mine guiding my path through grace giving me strength to overcome. I lay my burden on His throne and lean into His arms as he teaches me how to care for my temple. Amen.
Divine grace is a theological term present in many religions. It has been defined as the divine influence which operates in humans to regenerate and sanctify, to inspire virtuous impulses, and to impart strength to endure trial and resist temptation; and as an individual virtue or excellence of divine origin.
"I wonder if the snow loves the trees and fields, that it kisses them so gently? And then it covers them up snug, you know, with a white quilt; and perhaps it says ‘Go to sleep, darlings, till the summer comes again." -Lewis Carroll, Through the Looking-Glass
"Ah, music,” he said wiping his eyes. “A magic beyond all we do here.” –The Sorocers Stone
“Words are, in my not so humble opinion, our most inexhaustible source of magic, capable of both influencing injury, and remedying it.” –The Deathly Hallows
"Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if only one remembers to turn on the light." –The Prisoner of Azkaban (from the screenplay, by Steven Kloves)
My Word for 2016: JOY, n.
1. The passion or emotion excited by the acquisition or expectation of good; that excitement of pleasurable feelings which is caused by success, good fortune,the gratification of desire or some good possessed, or by a rational prospect of possessing what we love or desire; gladness; exultation; exhilaration of spirits.
Joy is a delight of the mind, from the consideration of the present or assured approaching possession of a good, such as good healthy practices.