Thank you for visiting Saying Grace. Seriously, thank you. Connecting with you is something to be thankful for. It might be the only opportunity we have today to step outside ourselves and see the possibilities the universe has in it for new connections and growth.
Saying Grace is based on the principle that the path to enlightenment is founded on a simple practice and openness to be changed by that practice.
I am a mother, a minister, a wife, and a writer. The most religious thing my family did growing up was say a table blessing before we ate dinner together every night. Yet, I found myself going to church on my own as a teenager and being ordained at the age of twenty-nine to serve the most gracious community in Brooklyn for four more years. While leading worship and pregnant with my second child, my water broke at 18 weeks gestation. If she were to be born before Christmas, she would be stillborn. We named her ______ Grace, recognizing that children live fully in their parents’ hearts even if they never fully live and that grace can be as harrowing as it can be holy. She was born at 5am on New Year’s Eve.
I left all preconceived notions of what spiritual beliefs are behind while fighting for my daughter’s medically fragile life. No matter what I knew or didn’t know about the future of our family or the world, I got through by mustering a moment of gratitude once a day.
Saying thank you is my practice. So “thank you” for reading this. There I’ve said it. I’m done for the day…now let’s see what happens.