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Grace

By: Brian Robertson


Grace

 

For those who are kind enough to visit and read this blog and site, it’s no secret that my favorite writer on Christianity today is Frederick Buechner, author of such powerful nonfiction books as Secrets in the Dark: A Life in Sermons as well as some very interesting fiction.

It’s for that reason that I can’t resist quoting him from time to time, including this from his Beyond Words: Daily Readings in the ABC’s of Faith:

Grace is something you can never get but can only be given There’s no way to earn it or deserve it or bring it about any more than you can deserve the taste of raspberries and and cream or earn good looks or bring about your own birth.

A good sleep is grace and so are good dreams. Most tears are grace. The smell of rain is grace. Somebody loving you is grace. Loving somebody is grace. Have you ever tried to love somebody?

A crucial eccentricity of the Christian faith is the assertion that people are saved by grace. There’s nothing you have to do. There’s nothing you have to do. There’s nothing you have to do.

The grace of God means something like this: ‘Here is your life. You might never have been, but you are, because the party wouldn’t have been complete without you. Here is the world. Beautiful and terrible things will happen. Don’t be afraid. I am with you. Nothing can ever separate us. It’s for you I created the universe. I love you.’

There’s only one catch. Like any other gift the gift of grace can be yours only if you’ll reach out and take it.

Maybe being able to reach out and take it is a gift, too.

Came across that quote this morning, and it struck me that I needed to hear it. With that in mind, thought I’d pass it on along to you, as well.

Blessings,

Brian

 


Comments:

[Beautiful.

Grace, like silence, like the air we breathe, is always flowing through us, whether we are conscious of it or not.

What a comforting grace it is when we are conscious of that flow.

Peace,
Chuck]

 

[Thank you for Buechner’s wonderful reminder that grace is grace!
And that…”Here is the world. Beautiful and terrible things will happen. Don’t be afraid. I am with you.”
Above my computer monitor I have posted a quote from Richard Rohr: “The universe is RADICAL GRACE. Therefore we do not need to be afraid.]

 

[Chuck…

What a great synopsis of Brian’s words and Buechner’s statement on Grace….I agree wholeheartedly……the omnipresence of Grace. like air & like silence refreshes us whether we are conscious of it or not.

Webster’s defines Grace as: “unmerited divine assistance given man for his regeneration and sanctification.” In Buechner’s quote he says three times….”There is nothing you have to do” …….the point is Divine Grace cannot be made subject to our personal intents…..it cannot be earned or invoked by self willfulness.

Buechner later counters his threefold denial with his “catch” statement…”Like any other gift the gift of grace can be yours only if you’ll reach out and take it.”

In essence…there is something we have to do…..and it is simple in form, yet difficult to practice throughout the day…

Acknowledge Grace in all it’s out pourings.

See Grace in all Creation.

Know Grace personally…that the very ground of your being is an unmerited gift.

In humility and gratitude, reach out to Grace.

John]