“But we've been given the gift of baptism--forgiven, cleansed and entrusted with responsibilities in God's family.” E. Corinne Chilstrom from God PauseYes, God’s grace is freely given, without requirements to be fulfilled in order to receive. Yet, the gift does not come cheaply, or without, as E. Corinne Chilstrom writes, responsibilities. Ways that we are to live in response to that free gift of God’s love and relationship.
Yet, not all responsibility is work. Sometimes our responsibility is to find joy, make joy, be joy. As my friend bears the pain of her disease, she finds joy in what she sees (for example, the simple beauty of the mountains), she makes joy in her laughter, and she is joy through her presence and transparency.
I am full of joy to be able to be near her, and am always inspired by who she is and how she is. And, I learn a lot from her that I pray I can someday use to help others.