Tuesday, February 01, 2011

All is Grace

This morning we all three huddled at the window staring out into the still-dark, early morning at the thick blanket of snow that was delivered during the night. 

I was giddy. What a delight to be 'trapped' at home with my family.  No errands. No school. No obligations. 

Kristian made Crunchy French Toast, which was incredible. If you've not had this delicacy you should give it a try. It was a favorite at one of our neighborhood diner's in NYC.

The wind chill was negative, but that didn't stop us from getting outside for a bit and attempting a snowman.

And a fort.

While we were out playing (and the only human beings in sight as it was treacherously cold) our sweet older neighbor from across the street shuffled over in her pajamas and coat and a scarf wrapped around her face, and handed us this sealed in a ziplock.

She wanted to make sure we didn't miss out. So kind. 

We stayed in our pj's all day long and drank Nutella hot chocolate (or some of us milk)  and ate tamale pie and played with toys and gazed out the door and just enjoyed. 

We couldn't help but think first thing this morning that these type days are so difficult for some people. Many had no choice but to get out in the dangerous conditions and get to work. A day without pay is an incredible strain on their family, and the thought of losing a job is unbearable.

A single mom might have her young children home from school and wishes she could enjoy a day off with them but instead has to frantically scramble to try and figure out what to do so she can make it to a minimum-wage job.

Homeless are trapped in extremely uncomfortable situations. This is the kind of weather they know is lethal.

There are such hardships all around us and it's so easy to be insulated. There's no reason that one person deserves more than another. In a humble acceptance of that, may we always give from what we've been given.

I thanked the Lord in my heart many times throughout the day for his grace in allowing us a restful, playful day off together.

All is grace.

Gratitude bestows reverence, allowing us to encounter everyday epiphanies, those transcendent moments of awe that change forever how we experience life and the world.  -Sarah Ban Breathnach