There but for the Grace of God…

May 31st, 2012 By: Betty Long

My mom was not a religious woman.   A woman of faith, yes.  But a quiet faith that wasn't flashy or 'in your face.'  And through the years of raising her children, six in all, she was known to spout off a zinger, a memorable quote. 

One that has come to mean more to me as an adult than as a child is "There but for the grace of God go I."  I never fully knew what that meant as a child.   Heck, I was a little kid.  But, now, as an adult, and as a nurse dealing every day with folks of all kinds, with all sorts of healthcare challenges, I get it.  I really get it.  And each time I hear myself saying it, whether it be to myself or aloud (not of course within earshot of anyone…), I can feel my heart becoming more empathetic.  And grateful.  Sounds weird, doesn't it? 

Try it sometime.  Bet me it works!

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