Remember your humanity and forget the rest.
- Albert Einstein -

In that space of acknowledgement, awful grace becomes awe-filled grace. The ability to realise that the pain which never forgets, falls drop by drop upon the heart, and even in that moment, it is grace. It is grace because even in the midst of the unpleasant is good experienced. It is grace because awful does become awe-filled when we realise the purpose for that pain.

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, the eminent Russian novelist and historian, having spent time in the Soviet Prison System, wrote the classic, The Gulag Archipelago. Imprisoned, he experienced awful grace and came to this startling conclusion, summarising it poignantly thus, “Bless you prison, bless you for being in my life. For there, lying upon the rotting prison straw, I came to realise that the object of life is not prosperity as we are made to believe, but the maturity of the human soul.”

 Awful Grace, for people of faith, is acknowledging that God at times allows adversity so that our soul can go beyond the pursuit of prosperity to the maturity of soul. For those not of faith, the lessons of awful grace are no different in the object of life being the maturity of the human soul.  Toki Formation is an expression of living this reality out.