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What does a moment of grace feel like?

Sarah Bachelard tells a story that addresses this question. In her words:

The openness of non-attachment makes possible the flowing through us of larger life, the energy of grace. I recently came across an example of such openness to grace from a surprising source. In a State of Origin rugby league match against NSW last year, Queensland half-back Cooper Cronk kicked a miraculous goal at a crucial moment. Asked about his achievement, he said:

‘To be brutally honest, I was in a state of grace at that particular moment. Within those few split seconds of time between actually receiving the ball and landing it at its intended destination, there was no noise in my head whatsoever. Every sinew in my body came together in one perfect whole. But those who have ever experienced that feeling, and it doesn’t happen very often, will tell you it’s in a whole other place of experience from the usual ego or vanity that drives my game. I didn’t feel good or bad about myself afterwards. I began to realise when we are being completely free of our own expectation, the body extends into its natural form, without impediment. And things happen’.

The story of Cooper Cronk’s amazing goal was reported by Peter Fitzsimons in the Sydney Morning Herald (view news article) and retold by Rev. Dr. Sarah Bachelard at Dayspring on Thursday 27 June, 2013.

What moments of grace have you experienced?

Image: A moment of grace by erasmino. Used under Creative Commons Licence

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