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Some notes on “Creating Space, Inviting Grace” – the #SpiritChat conversation on twitter on Sunday, February 23rd, drew heavily from these notes…

Grace is not part of consciousness; it is the amount of light in our souls, not knowledge nor reason. -Pope Francis
For his heart was in his work, and the heart giveth grace unto every art. -Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Hawaii is not a state of mind, but a state of grace. -Paul Theroux
“Will is to grace as the horse is to the rider” -St Augustine
Grace is but glory begun, and glory is but grace perfected. -Jonathan Edwards
The law condemns the best of us; but grace saves the worst of us. -Joseph Prince
“Grace is given to heal the spiritually sick, not to decorate spiritual heroes” – Martin Luther
“If one has to submit, it is wasteful not to do so with the best grace possible” – Winston Churchill
“Grace is the absence of everything that indicates pain or difficulty, hesitation or incongruity.” – William Hazlitt
“Grace is to the body, what good manners are to the mind” – Rochefoucauld
“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
“Grace was in all her steps, Heav’n in her Eye, In every gesture dignity and love” – John Milton
“The graces once made up their mind – A shrine inviolate to find: And thus they found, and that with ease, The soul of Aristophanes” – Plato
“I do not at all understand the mystery of grace – only that it meets us where we are but does not leave us where it found us.” – Anne Lamott
“You are so weak. Give up to grace. The ocean takes care of each wave till it gets to shore. You need more help than you know.” – Rumi
I know, to banish anger altogether from one’s breast is a difficult task. It cannot be achieved through pure personal effort. It can be done only by God’s grace. -Mahatma Gandhi
“Grace is a power that comes in and transforms a moment into something better” ― Caroline Myss
Faith is a living, daring confidence in God’s grace, so sure and certain that a man could stake his life on it a thousand times. – Martin Luther
We should give as we would receive, cheerfully, quickly, and without hesitation; for there is no grace in a benefit that sticks to the fingers. -Lucius Annaeus Seneca
Grace is the beauty of form under the influence of freedom. -Friedrich Schiller
The meaning of life. The wasted years of life. The poor choices of life. God answers the mess of life with one word: ‘grace.’ -Max Lucado
“A single gentle rain makes the grass many shades greener. So our prospects brighten on the influx of better thoughts. We should be blessed if we lived in the present always, and took advantage of every accident that befell us, like the grass which confesses the influence of the slightest dew that falls on it; and did not spend our time in atoning for the neglect of past opportunities, which we call doing our duty. We loiter in winter while it is already spring.” ― Henry David Thoreau, Walden
“Grace has to be the loveliest word in the English language. It embodies almost every attractive quality we hope to find in others. Grace is a gift of the humble to the humiliated. Grace acknowledges the ugliness of sin by choosing to see beyond it. Grace accepts a person as someone worthy of kindness despite whatever grime or hard-shell casing keeps him or her separated from the rest of the world. Grace is a gift of tender mercy when it makes the least sense.” ― Charles R. Swindoll

Here are the questions asked during the live chat. The answers are compiled in the #storify summary at http://storify.com/ajmanik/creating-space-for-grace-spiritchat. A full, complete transcript is also available at https://www.hashtracking.com/reports/spiritchat/spiritchat/grace (1542 tweets, 163 contributors, 12.4M timeline deliveries, 1.0M reach). Enjoy!

Here goes. Q1. “Creating space” – in what life-context does that phrase most impact you today? #SpiritChat

On to Q2. How can we create space in our lives to receive…? Can we? What if we don’t? #SpiritChat

Q3. Does our “creating space” eventually “invite grace”? What is Grace anyway? #SpiritChat

Q4. This feeling of “Divine Grace” – have you ever felt it in a significant way? How? #SpiritChat

Q5. “Divine Grace and Free Will compete with each other”. Agree or Disagree? Why or why not? #SpiritChat

Q6. We work. We give. We serve. We may even pray… So, why do we need Grace on our spiritual journey? #SpiritChat

Q7. What is the connection between Grace and Giving… How can we give it to others? #SpiritChat

Final Q8. To invite others to “create space for grace”, what three things would you suggest? #SpiritChat