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Grace

Grace = Gift


KALAHARI SUNSET – Central Kalahari Game Reserve, Botswana

We call it ‘Big Sky Country’, the Central Kalahari. Somehow the horizon seems more expansive. Parked alongside a pan in Passarge Valley, we contemplate the meeting point of Heaven and Earth. Mesmerized, we forget to sip our nicely chilled drinks and nibble on the cashew nuts. Regal Gemsbuck drift nearby, quietly crunching the rough grass. Further away, a Ground Squirrel family frolics above its burrows. We’re done filming them. That was exclusive to Golden Hour. Maybe they’ll humour us again in the morning.

Light lingers solely in the sky, gone from the sand. The first rumble of far-off roaring reaches our ears. Warm up for the hunt. Anticipation tingles through the evening air, tempered by a peculiar peace. ‘I have a theory,’ Dave murmurs. ‘It’s almost as if the animals enter a trance-like state, accepting that one of them will go down.’ He’s right, I muse. Predator and prey appear to share a primordial pact. Premeditated panic knows no place here. Only Grace.

Quotes to consider:

“I come into the peace of wild things who do not tax their lives with forethought of grief… For a time I rest in the grace of the world, and am free.” – Wendell Berry

“Grace is available for each of us every day – our spiritual daily bread – but we’ve got to remember to ask for it with a grateful heart and not worry about whether there will be enough for tomorrow.” – Sarah Ban Breathnach

“We cannot go faster than grace…If God will not go ahead with us, we must wait and go with God.” – Marcia Hollis

This is how the Gemsbuck looked a little earlier:


GEMSBUCK HERD – Central Kalahari Game Reserve, Botswana
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Happy birthday, Madiba!

Your grace is a gift beyond measure, and your legacy, love. Thank you! Richest blessings on your birthday 🙂 Here’s a link to http://www.MyFriendShane.com, where messages to Nelson Mandela are being gathered together, for collection into a card. Hop across … Continue reading

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Concentrate

Today a friend sent me some sentences to concentrate on. Their beauty begs to be shared: “To get something you never had, you have to do something you never did. When God takes something from your grasp, He’s not punishing … Continue reading

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Grace

Grace is the antidote to expectation.

KHWAI RIVER - Okavango Delta, Botswana
KHWAI RIVER – Okavango Delta, Botswana

Quotes to consider:

“Gracefulness has been defined to be the outward expression of the inward harmony of the soul” – William Hazlitt

“By “guts” I mean, grace under pressure” – Ernest Hemingway

“Rain is grace; rain is the sky condescending to the earth; without rain, there would be no life.” – John Updike

God, give us grace to accept with serenity the things that cannot be changed, courage to change the things that can be changed, and the wisdom to distinguish one from the other” – Reinhold Niebuhr Continue reading

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