The Story of the Three Graces — 47 Comments

    • So much of late 19th century and early turn of the 20th century children’s book were allegorical like that – and I miss those kinds of wholesome stories on goodness prevailing over evil. Hinds Feet reminds me of those stories. As I was grappling with doing a post on Hope, I did a study on Hope which led me to Faith – and then I thought, “How am I going to explain this?” Creating them as three different people seemed the best way to make them tangible and enabled me to see the difference better. For a few weeks, all I had was “Hope stands on the shoulders of Faith” – and yesterday, God gave them life:)

  1. oh. my. goodness. im speechless, MaryLeigh! im sitting here, having come to drink my morning coffee in the quiet while the girls eat breakfast and begin their schoolwork, and im a mess–tears pouring, cleansing. God knows what we need, doesn’t He?

    yesterday i was so frustrated, confused and angry. i felt trapped. so many things were going wrong. my phone was dead and i felt isolated on a day when i REALLY needed to hear my husband’s voice and let him calm me down. but my phone would not charge–AGAIN. in a moment of sheer frustrated energy and anger, i almost threw my phone against the wall and smashed it–the only thing holding me back was the thought of my husband who works so hard, having to replace it–so i just threw it to the floor in disgust–i felt the Holy Spirit speaking to me, telling me that i was out of control. i was so tense all day with anxiety that my neck and chest was in some severe pain last night. i let it all out to my husband when he got home–i told him that i didnt know HOW i was still making it, that it was only by the grace of God, that my mind was swimming so, i couldn’t make it stop and with all the days running together this way, i didn’t know how much more i could take.

    he comforted me in so many ways last night–the way husbands can–only he, being apart of me–because ive joined myself to him, and he is my covering–can lift me up and make me feel secure. God ordained it this way and im beginning to lean into it and embrace it. but i know that my Father is teaching me through this that this is how He wants me to see and trust Him!

    but your story this morning–again, im speechless–i cannot describe to you how it touched places in me that were hard and dark–not wanting anything to touch it, lest it should have to soften and break and possibly fall apart. ive been trying to survive these weeks, these months, these years of illness, and im exhausted. i want to hope again. i want to have faith. i want Hope to stand on the shoulders of faith and reach up for her sister, Charity, hanging from the orchard tree limbs. i want that in my heart and life. i will let my husband read this tonight. he needs it as well. his stress level with my illness has been very high.

    i am sorry for writing a novel in your comments section–again–but your writing opens me up like a floodgate. i think maybe you have inspired a post about this from me. i think maybe i will use some of these words ive written for inspiration if thats ok with you ;). and if you read my latest post from Multitude Monday–you will see why this is such a good thing. i worry about splashing my life across the internet world for anyone to read here–im afraid people will think it irreverent. but i want to be me, real, and since i cannot attend church right now because of my illness, this is my only outlet for spiritual encouragement.

    thank you for the friend that you are! i have missed you lately!


  2. I love this post! It is so well written. I love the word picture you created.

    I Stumbled it.

    Oh! I guess you figured out where my main character’s name came from. I remembered it from your blog and loved it. I can’t give it to child, but I can give it to a character.

  3. This is so well written! Early this morning (around 3:30 am – I had insomnia last night) I finished reading Three Cups of Tea. Your story meshes well with that book – in helping others in need during all times.

  4. First Maryleigh, I’m sorry I haven’t been here for so long. From the beginning of the month, from the last post Sara wrote in August, and the subsequent posts by her friends, I could read the handwriting on the wall. I’ve been thinking only of her, and reading only her blog. I’m sorry. I was gone for good reason and I’m now just starting to get back to reading the blogs I heart – and I heart YOURS! And today I get this beautiful parable about faith hope and love, and how they stand united, and sometimes fall alone. And ho we need them. I know that today I’m looking into the garden of my heart and I’m seeing this – “Hope standing on the shoulders of Faith, hands reaching up to grasp Charity.” God bless and keep you and all of yours. Maryleigh.

  5. Stopping by from the blog hop and now following your blog thru RSS Reader. If I missed GFC let me know but I checked twice and could not see it. But, let me know if I missed it and I will come back. I would love for you to follow me also thru RSS Reader when you get the chance. I will be hosting my first giveaway starting either tomorrow or Sunday and would love for you to come and enter. It will be for an Eclipse Spa package which includes a scrub, lotion and roll on perfume of your choice. Thanks so much for your help and please follow thru RSS Reader when you come over. Have a great weekend.


  6. I always know when I come here that I am going to smile or learn or grow and feel good or all three. This was a powerful post and I am smiling, have learned, grown, and feel good! Thank you!!

  7. Faith, hope and Charity, the 3 graces. Great story Blue cotton Memory. I’m glad I’ve come over to visit. Thank you too, for joining my bloghop yesterday and I look forward to your visiting again next week. I also look forward to your next post.
    God bless

  8. Faith, Hope and Charity certainly are a wonderful group. I’m so glad they are all available to us. Charity certainly reminds us that the other two are so important in our lives. Thank you for sharing this story in such an interesting way.

  9. *Love*. I was thinking of HInd’s Feet too, and I love how you hearken back that sweet style of writing. Such a gentle–yet bold–way of shining light on truth. Love this, Maryleigh.

  10. Funny, but I was just going to write exactly what Jessica of @FoundtheMarbles wrote! This IS absolutely beautiful!! Awe inspiring and inspiring! What an awesome piece you have written. I’m so glad I stopped over this morning.

  11. I love this. I too am reminded of the analogy of Much Afraid in Hinds Feet on High Places.

    Thank you for sharing and blessings for you in the new year.

  12. That was beautiful! Such a personified way of looking at our faith and making it so incredibly personal through your words! Blessings!

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    • Tender is such a good word to describe how He leads us – that word just says so very much! I hadn’t read Hinds Feet in High Places when I’d written it – afterwards, though, through your previous comment, I read it to my boys!

  14. Maryleigh, great job on your allegory! I don’t guess I’ve heard faith, hope and charity referred to as the three graces before – what an apt description!

    I don’t know if you can help me, but I’ve tried both last week and this week to link up and I keep getting this error: Server Error in ‘/’ Application.

    • Hi Jerralea, I’m so glad you enjoyed the allegory. I checked with my linky service and he replied with the following: “There is something on her blog blocking external retrieval of images… could be a widget, some security settings, many things… I was able to use FROM FILE and easily saved one of her page images, and entered that…” – I had similar problems here last week – and when I tested my own blog post, I had to choose my photo FROM FILE. It was frustrating – to be sure.

  15. Maryleigh, your words brought a beautiful visual for faith, hope, and love. I so appreciated the reminder to keep faith, nurture hope, and allow love to pour through me to the world around me.

  16. I did not read this before but you are so right that it fits for this day, this world. I am grateful to our God Who loves us so that He will gift us with the best. The best being faith, hope and charity, love beyond what we can think or ask. I am blessed.

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