There but for the Grace…

Life has an almost divine way of intervening at just the right moment, in order to remind me as to what is really important…

I sit here and ponder on this from the safety of my dry front porch, I am comfortable, the weather is mild and pleasant, my plants are blooming nicely, and the birds are chirping wildly as if celebrating the passing of the storms. I count my blessings, of which there are many, and can’t help but be struck with a deep sense of guilt and grief, so many countless others were not so lucky.

A shame ripples through me and leaves goosebumps over my arms, the hairs standing on end prickling through my sleeves, and adding a most uncomfortable sensation crawling up my spine.  So many others…

I think of faceless strangers, the names of which I will never know, sitting in unfamiliar buildings as their homes and memories are in watery ruins. I think of them mourning for family and friends that did not weather-the-storm. I think of a three-year-old little girl clinging to her mother’s lifeless body as flood waters swirl around her, she will never know just how much she was loved, she will never again feel the comfort of home.

Here I am fretting over unpaid bills, an overgrown lawn, worrying over trivialities, listening to meditations on managing stress…What stress?!

What damn stress?!

Life?! Just typical life things?! That isn’t stress…

Stress is wondering if you or a loved one will make it through to the other side of an insidious disease, and all the medical bills that stack up. Stress is having your home demolished and wondering where your children will sleep at the end of the night. Stress is not knowing where your children are…

There but for the Grace…

Tonight I will hold on tight to my children, I will be grateful for the roof over our heads with its overgrown lawn and chirping birds, and I will be thankful for the bills that did get paid. but most importantly I will think of all the faceless strangers

But most importantly I will think of all the faceless strangers that are not fairing as well and remember to never take these things for granted because there I go.

2 Replies to “There but for the Grace…”

  1. Mother Nature brings light to lose trying to understand their worries. She makes us see with the light of day, there is always some one else who is going thru so much worse. We don’t always have what we want, but as long as we have want we need, We are the Blessed ones. Don’t judge others, love one another for you do not know their stories. Amen

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