Last evening I attended a celebration in which, as part of the evening’s activities, everyone present had the opportunity to draw two Angel Cards. I drew “Purpose” and “Grace” and have been pondering them off and on ever since.
Purpose is a good one for me – as I’ve been thinking a lot along those lines over the past year and will continue to in 2008. What are my goals at this stage of my life? And, in a larger sense, why am I here?
“Grace” is interesting and more puzzling, though. I take it to mean Grace in the expansive, theological sense rather than the physical sense. (If it’s the latter I’m afraid I’m in big trouble!) So … Grace as gift … something seemingly unearned, unasked … arriving unexpectedly. Grace. Hmmmm. It almost seems at odds with “Purpose” – or certainly in a different realm entirely.
As I let the words percolate, it comes to feel like Purpose and Grace may be about Head and Heart – different ways of approaching life that work together quite well. Living purposfully, I think, plan and do, using my head to the utmost. Living gracefully, I am open to what comes … from the universe … from the deepest recesses of my memory and my emotional nooks and crannies.
Each informs and enriches the other. Each alone, is less. My mind takes me so far … but can’t find its way to the wellsprings that grace bestows. And grace, left to its own devices, might never get anything done. So grace and purpose – each a gift to the other – each a gift to me!