On the giving of grace ...

I remember sitting with my brother-in-law at his home in New Jersey. His wife, my sister, had just died. We were grieving together. I had just officiated at the funeral.
As we were speaking he said something like this to me.
Bob, I want you to know that I will always be happy to hear your voice if you call me. If I do not hear from you for a year, I will be happy to hear your voice. I will not be mad if you do not call. And if you call me I will always be happy to talk.You and I will always be brothers.
His words were so filled with grace and I felt so free when he spoke them. So different from folks who act offended when others do not meet their expectations. Perhaps his words might help you to give a bit of grace today?

And interestingly, we regularly talk on the phone. I mean really, who would not want a brother like this in their life?


  1. Yes that is Grace. It is a bond that is deep within.

  2. I am sure you are a wonder brother to him, as he is to you.

  3. He sounds like a wonderful man and you are both blessed to have each other in your lives.


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