Grace

I was sitting in meditation on Grace, when it dawned on me how important a role Gratitude plays in our lives. We cannot receive more Grace until we are thankful for all the blessings we already have. “For whosoever hath [Grace], to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance; but whosoever hat not [Grace], from him shall be taken away even that he hath“. Matthew 13:12.

Rather than show Gratitude, when God/the Universe closes a door on us we get frustrated and often blame Him for being mean to us, but we really should give thanks for that ‘closed door’ and start looking for the other ‘open door’, the door with greater opportunity, that God has provided. How can we find that open door if we continue to constantly grumble, moan and cry  over the closed door?

Thank you, God, for your Grace–for opening new doors–providing new opportunities for me, that I may continue to grow and come closer to Your presence!

About Albert Schindler

I was born on the 27th of February, 1931, on a farm near Hubbard, Saskatchewan. As far back as I can remember I had a spirit that would not stay earthbound. In junior high, I remember taking first place for a short story in which I described my terrifying encounter with a dinosaur. In outer space – that is, when the teacher wasn’t directly speaking to me, I went where Buck Rogers wouldn’t dare go. I was more of a Calvin in Calvin and Hobbes type of guy, with my own, personal, very powerful, transmogrifyer always at the ready. In my ‘teens and twenties, I pushed aside my Calvin alter ego in favour of making a living and didn’t take seriously again my ‘writer’s bug’ until my late 30s. I still saw that the world as full of exciting things to learn and investigate, which my writing reflected in the several articles and a couple of short fiction pieces that I wrote and sold, including over 30 children’s radio plays for Alberta’s ACCESS Radio. Unfortunately, I abandoned my budding writing career in favour of starting my own business as a sign painter. Now that I can officially call myself ‘retired,’ I plan to resume my writing career, only this time, writing mostly fiction. Why fiction? I have lead a great, adventurous life in which I made many mistakes (the ‘adventure’ in life), that have taught me some very important lessons and allowed my spirit to grow to unimaginable proportions, inconceivable to me while still in my thirties. In fiction, I believe, one can adventure into both the inner and outer consciousness of man and the universe to infinite levels where only the boldest dare peak. Convention holds that article writing has to be factual – oh, you can be creative in how you present your information, but ‘fact’ (whatever that means) still must have its parameters in article writing, whereas fiction is limited only by the size of a writer’s spirit, and so far, I haven’t been able to fathom my limit.
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