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I hate watching home movies of myself, especially those of myself as a child.
My sister, a gymnast, dancer and natural mover, always carried herself with a fluidity and grace. She was at once poised and energetic – everything flowed with her – her movements and voice were all natural.
I moved with all the grace of a stumbling baby giraffe. I was too skinny, bones sticking out and limbs flailing. I moved quickly and awkwardly, like a badly-programmed robot.
These things are easily solved: I just had a photographer instead of a videographer at my wedding. Ignorance (by which I mean Ignore-ance) is bliss. I can imagine my wedding day in my mind’s eye as one where I floated effortlessly down the aisle – I have got rid of all photo evidence which may have indicated otherwise.
I am not a dancer. But I am a singer. And one of my favourite songs to sing was Schubert’s ‘Ave Maria’. It slows you down, singing. Aaaaaaaa-veeeeee Mar-eeeeeeeee-eee-aaaa. You have to pause on the words.
And one of the phrases is Gratia Plena – full of grace. Graaaaaa-tia, Ple-naaaa. Maria, Gratia Plena; Maria, Gratia Plena. Hail Mary, full of Grace.
I’ve always wondered a little what that means. Was she already full of grace? Or was it prophetic, the foretelling of the Gift of God that would be poured into her womb, filling it for nine months?
I am not graceful, but like Mary, I am full of grace. I have had grace poured into my clay jar of a life; the gifts of God in my family and friends and creation around me, the Saviour in my heart, his strength at work in me, my identity hidden in Him. Sometimes I am so aware of His grace and goodness that my soul just feels full and I want to sing like the birds.
Over to you:
- How graceful or grace-full do you feel today?
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