“Grace Realized” is a collage I made for my Aunt Dorothy (my mother’s only sister) for her 80th birthday in 2005. She loved it! :-) Unfortunately, she passed away just six short months later in September. The family held on to the collage for my uncle, as the piece was hanging in their (and then his) room at the nursing home where she had spent her last days. Unfortunately #2, my Uncle Merlin passed away just this past week and the funeral was yesterday.
I ended up bringing the picture home. We will honor Dorothy's wish, and I will keep it, for now. It is in my dining room right now, and whenever I see it, I smile, and think of my aunt, and how much I loved her. It gives me a feeling of peace. Though some day, I may still re-gift the collage back to the family.
Every single moment of our lives,
Whether borne of joy or pain,
Has the potential for grace realized.
Whether it’s an opportunity to learn something;
Or an unexpected connection made;
Or finding love where you thought none existed;
Those are the gifts from God!