Grace

1 02 2010

Over the past week I’ve thought more about grace than i ever have in my life. I’ve been reading and pondering and absorbing so many different perspectives: John Wesley. Anne Lamott. The Apostle Paul. John Newton. Phliip Yancey. Brennan Manning. Martin Luther. Victor Hugo. All of them have something important to say about grace. And now…well, I don’t really have anything important to say, but this is what jumps out at me:

Grace is a story. It’s always a story. And sometimes it’s a Story. You can talk about faith and justification and righteousness and sanctification as much as you want, but those words don’t mean anything until they can find their place within the story. And that story is called, Grace.

Grace is even greater than mercy. It’s greater than simply righting a wrong. It doesn’t ask for recognition, or a reward. Grace is welcoming strangers. Seeing them for who they were originally created to be. Looking through the eyes of God.

Grace can be doing the dishes. Dancing. Taking the fall for someone else. Checking your prejudices at the door. Giving away candlesticks.

Amazing grace. Life-giving grace. Soul-healing grace. It’s always unexpected, and it’s never easy. But it’s simple enough. It is counter-cultural. It can be confusing.

Grace does more than say, “It’s going to be okay.” It supplies the tools and time to really make it okay, and it loves all the way through. Grace fixes our brokenness, not just with Band-Aids, but from the inside out, in love. Grace makes us whole again, and welcomes us into a Wholeness greater than we have ever known before.

Grace happens in the moments that nearly pass us by, and we are left, not knowing fully what has happened, but understanding that we have somehow received a gift. And we keep giving…

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13 02 2010
Roger

Grace happens in the moments that nearly pass us by, and we are left, not knowing fully what has happened, but understanding that we have somehow received a gift. And we keep giving…

Wow this is so true . I love this post really makes you think, makes you think about our God a God Characterized by Grace. You see Grace from the beginning in Creation, you see Grace in The history of the Israelites, you see grace in the sacrificial System. We see grace in the cross.
Its awesome grace, God’s awesome, his grace is awesome .
Great post, needed to hear some of it .

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