Grace, After all -By- Daniele Bergamini
I am Christian: which means I am blessed by having received the revelation that God has been suffering with me, and dying for me, so to open the Gates of Heaven for my whole being.
I am physically disabled, for a lifetime: which means that I experience within my bones and flesh, and, more subtly, in a number of aspects of my life, the mystery of the purpose of our pain, and the challenge of, at once, accepting what can’t be changed, yet believing that God can help me overcome any obstacle, if I only dare to spread my sails to a wind I should know has been there all the time, even if at times, for my faith is weak, I’m not always able to feel it.
And I have been blessed by God for He gracefully and lovingly let me open my heart and mind to an adamant truth: that my lifetime disability is a blessing in disguise, for it’s a portentous chance to give and take love, and a chance and reminder to dig within, there were the greatest (and solely true) treasures I will ever own can be found.
It’s challenging, at times, to remind myself to consider my difficulties as potential sources of blessings or incentives to improve myself and explore the dark side of pain, which paradoxically is fecund of light. And so it can happen to me, from a path scattered with holes and pointy rocks, to look at Jesus Christ, at his heavy, aching progression through His Calvary, and to end telling myself, with resignation, as if it there was nothing else: ‘Look, that’s the way God took for first, to lead us: the way of suffering’.
Like if the unavoidable pain of this human condition had to necessarily prevail, and even God was subjected to it.
Now, I’m not going to state that, oppositely, we can avoid it all, as our times of test are as much necessary as it is, for the ugly, crawling caterpillar, to first stay in, entrapped, and then dig through, the chrysalis, so to become a wondrous, flying butterfly: we need to suffer, from time to time, for to need and therefore, hopefully, discover that dormant force within us.
But what about the infinite grace, sprouting from the Calvary and Death of Jesus like a tender green plant from a hardened seed buried in the frozen ground?
What I should always remind myself, in first place, is that, once reached the Golgotha and having fulfilled the purpose of His passion, Jesus Christ died for to take on Himself all of our miseries, for to nullify them by means of His love which is infinitely greater than them all, and, finally, for to transmute them into Salvation by His Glorious Resurrection!
What I’m reminding to myself – and to you -, right now, is that, even if we can’t avoid each single pain we’re supposed to go through, for it’s necessary in order to learn, progress and improve ourselves, like steel forged into the scorching fire, even if the suffering Christ is the most perfect Role Model for us to try to imitate the best we can, there’s an infinite Love, God’s, birthing Grace, which already payed the price for us, once and for all, an infinite Love whose broken, overflowing dams let its content rain on us, if only we don’t forget and don’t refuse to ask for it and to receive it, no matter all the pain and sorrow we’re meant to go through, at a certain time…
So, are the hands of our heart, mind, soul moving towards that ever-pouring, and ever-flowing spring of nectar of Grace?
Look, it’s right here, within our reach.
And it’s free, and abundant.
Just ask, and accept.
(c) Daniele Bergamini @danbergam
About The Author:
Today we present to you a blessed heart, who has thrived beyond the storms of life to become a rainbow and sunshine in the lives of many.
Daniele Bergamini was born in 1972 in Italy, where he lives, loves, creates.
Physically disabled, he defines his condition “a weird blessing”.
He believes in Jesus, loves life, has plenty of interests for a lifetime or two (writing being one of them), and in 2017 he published his first book, a poetry collection titled “Chants for Love” (available as paperback on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Book Repository and as Kindle e-book as well).
He can be found in the Web (Instagram included, where so many of his writings are posted) as danbergam.
Keep Glowing Daniele! Much love!!