What surprises us by grace needs to be claimed in faith and practiced. My friend Ellen, who was saved from despair by the grace of sunlight shining through a droplet of water, taught me how to invest in what Jesus calls "the good treasure of the heart," from which such memories of good can be brought when needed. "Make a storehouse of memories," she says, "and bring them out to savor in difficult moments." Remembered grace can help keep us from getting stuck in reactivity, bring us back into the larger world, and create enough perspective to see the actual goodness in a situation.

Robert Corin Morris, Suffering and the Courage of God