Day 12 of 40 Days of Grace
Day 12 – We’ve been thinking about downsizing—occasionally. We went to an open house this afternoon. The house we looked at had everything we really needed on one floor—a bedroom, study, a beautiful gourmet kitchen, and great room. The finished basement was a bonus. Like everything with an almost too-good-to-be-true price, it had drawbacks. The lot backed up to a business on a busy road, busier than the one we’re near now. The house would soon need a new roof and landscaping, along with lots of outside work.
When we came back to our house, despite its little imperfections, I was happy to be home. We have a beautiful house with plenty of room and wonderful neighbors. Most of all it is home for Jack and me. We’ve lived here longer than we did in our other two houses. It’s our slice of peace and rest in the world, where we can retreat. It’s the home where I’ve added the most of my own touches. Funny how seeing someone else’s house, no matter how nice, makes you appreciate what you already have more.
So here I am in a house that God has provided me with along with more than I even need. I wonder how do I deserve this any more than the homeless person? Or the refugee? The answer is: I don’t. That again is God’s grace and I am grateful.