Mom was surprised and delighted as various family members arrived at the assisted living facility that is now her home. She wanted us to share the cake with all her friends and helpers, but mainly she just smiled. Mom has always had a easy smile; smiling is what she does; the love behind her smile is who she is. She has had a good life, accompanied by some sadness, but all in all she exudes a life of 101 grace-filled years.
How is it that this mother of mine is graced with a winning smile and all that goes with it? Theological questions abound. Are we born with certain dispositions, or do we cultivate them? What choices do we have about it? Where does grace come in? What about free will? I could go on and on, but this I know and have come to believe. My mom was graced with a lovely disposition; God called her to bring love to others and she chose to do it; she answered the call. If anyone ever wonders if she has lived too long, or questions what her purpose is at this point in her life, just watch the love, joy and hope that she smiles on everyone she meets.