In Sara Groves' song "Add to the Beauty," there's a line that says, "And this is grace: an invitation to be beautiful." In every situation I can choose to respond in a beautiful way: with forgiveness, kindness, love. This weekend I quite often chose a different response. My husband was ill, the electricity was off most of the weekend, and there were various situations that annoyed and irritated me. Often I reacted in a petty, angry, definitely non-beautiful way.
I would really like to grow up before I grow old, but sometimes that doesn't look very likely. I want to accept that invitation to be beautiful, but so often I fall short. Forgive me, Lord. Forgive me, family. I'll keep trying.
I live with my family in Haiti (I used to call it Tecwil = The Country Where I Live in an attempt to preserve my anonymity and that of my adopted country - the earthquake changed that and everything else). I teach English to seventh and eighth graders at an international Christian school. The name of my blog comes from this song.