The title, Grace Under the Sun, is taken from Ecclesiastes. In the first chapter, Solomon recorded his thoughts about the toil of daily life. He used the phrase “the toil that I toil under the sun”. He concluded that all of the work that we do is worthless and temporary without a relationship with God.
Life is hard and messy, but it’s also beautiful. When examined too closely it can sometimes seem random and chaotic, but when we learn to take a step back, we can see the magnificence in the mess. I believe that we can find grace in our toil. Grace for ourselves and for each other and most importantly, see the grace that God has for us in the form of his forgiveness and healing.
A few years ago, I left the stress of career in environmental and safety compliance for one in healthcare. I couldn’t have done it without the support of my husband who continually demonstrates that “love” is an action word. Now, I’m Board Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant working in the school setting, although I have lots of experience with the elderly and I still love working with them and hearing their stories. My passion is helping people find purpose and meaning in their life after trauma and grief. I’m also interested in sensory processing into adulthood.
When I’m not working with kids or adults with special needs, I can usually be found working outside talking to my chickens and bees, working in the garden or flowerbeds. I love to cook and hate matching socks. I also don’t like cleaning house and would rather be outside doing almost anything, including cleaning out the chicken coop! I know, it doesn’t make sense, does it?
It’s all the ordinary, everyday things where we can discover the beautiful, not in spite of the hard stuff, but because of it. They are where God comes to meet us on the level that we can understand that day. They are where He gives us grace and expects us to pay it forward. They are where we find the relationship outside of religion.