It seems to me that Your gifts and graces are actually bestowed equally upon all. There may be different graces and gifts, as is alluded to by scripture, but I think the measure of gifts and graces is equitable despite the more popular idea that You may favor some over others. The reality may be that any differences rest solely in our recognition and acceptance of them and in our subsequent responses. Again, quoting St. Paul, “There are many gifts but only one spirit.” That spirit, which is itself Your gift, is the same for all. It imbues all – and that’s the tough part; recognizing it in places and in circumstances we might not otherwise be prone to discovering it.
I really feel that there are many gifts and graces in my own life that I miss. As a race, we are prone to look where we want or where it seems most logical and rational and even comfortable for Your gifts and graces. How many times, if ever, do we catch ourselves responding to Your gifts or graces in people we don’t like; in circumstances we try to avoid; or in modes of life we deem unacceptable or inappropriate?
It is difficult to realize that Your gifts and graces may lie in latent anticipation of our response in such instances – yet we must admit that the one spirit is there too. People are very selective and that’s a shame in one sense for we then miss the graces in what we do not select – possibly more abundant and more enriching gifts and graces than in what we do choose. We would do well to try to see and respond to Your gifts and graces in places we might not want to look.