There is no part of us that is immune or exempt from this loving relationship. To follow Christ to place our entire selves in his loving service.
That is the judgment: that God sees us just as we are; but, here is the grace: God loves us anyway.
Except that grace can neither be constructed nor contained. We can till the ground around it, water it, ensure it has plenty of sunshine and fertilizer, but ultimately grace is a gift.
Any conversation about grace that does not also engage the subject of sin is a one-sided conversation. It is to go on a journey and to be told of the glorious ultimate destination, but to be left with no way of getting there.
This is not going to be a piece about politics. There is enough of that going on. In my opinion, there is too much prose-based anxiety. Too many sharp delineations between black and white. Not enough beauty. Not enough color. What I believe we need in our society is poetry - reminders of beauty and … Continue reading Enough is Enough
It is easy to fall apart when we disappoint one another if we make one another the center of the community. But when Jesus is the center, we are drawn closer to one another, even in our differences and disagreements, as we are drawn deeper into the heart of God.
[Graceful Thoughts is a new addition to my blogging. It comprises short ideas, thoughts, stories, and vignettes that I hope point towards God’s grace at work around us] Faith is a gift, not an equation. More and more I have come to see faith as a gift. I knew this, and yet I am always … Continue reading Graceful Thoughts, part 1
...grace may be God’s abundant love and “favor toward us, unearned and undeserved,” but carrying this grace is a two-handed endeavor. Like writer of Hebrews suggests, grabbing hold to grace necessitates that we “lay aside every weight and the sin that clings so closely, and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us.”