For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people …
— Titus 2:11
Grace call us into a humility that seeks to honor the grace of God to forgive and restore us. Grace calls us into a humility that seeks to honor the multiple relationships throughout our overlapping households or spheres of community. The training power of grace may be its capacity to illumine the image of God in another. We pray for God to give us God’s own love for the other when we recognize that our love is in dire need of grace.
— Dale P. Andrews from Daily Feast
a glorious sun,
if one can sit quiet long enough.
Seeing it, one feels, I now have everything,
everything I could
— Hafiz from A Year With Hafiz: Daily Contemplations
An Economy of Grace
God’s freely given grace is a humiliation to the ego because free gifts say nothing about being strong, superior, or moral. Thus only the soul can understand grace, never the mind or the ego. The ego does not know how to receive things freely or without logic. It likes to be worthy and needs to understand in order to accept things as true. The ego prefers a worldview of scarcity or quid pro quo, where only the clever can win. That problem—and its overcoming—is at the very center of the Gospel plot line. It has always been overcome from God’s side. The only problem is getting us in on the process! God’s inclusion of us reveals God’s humility, graciousness, and love. Only inside an economy of grace can we see that God wants free and willing partners. An economy of merit cannot process free love or free anything. “Not servants, but friends” (John 15:15) is God’s plan … actual divine friendship is just too incredible to imagine.
— Richard Rohr from Things Hidden: Scripture as Spirituality
Advent In Michigan
the sons of men filled the earth
with their evil deeds.
And God beheld the desolate wastes
the soiled streets
the bitter brown of barren fields
and the sin of the world
cut him to the heart.
“I will blot from the earth
the memory of these things.
Behold, I will make all things new!”
So he gathered up clouds
from the four corners of the sky,
billows pregnant with promise.
He gathered them in great, dark piles
on the horizon of hills
while the weathermen watched
schoolchildren pressed their noses against the glass.
And God said,
“Let there be snow.”
First, small white flakes
like lace, drifting.
driving snow before it, a blizzard
hiding hills from view
(and the tops of church steeples
and street lights, too).
For forty days
the land was covered in white,
the wretched lines of a wretched world
blurred soft overnight—
as God birthed grace upon the earth.
— Sarah Arthur in Light Upon Light: A Literary Guide to Prayer for Advent, Christmas, and Epiphany
- All-Surrounding Grace
- Journey from Darkness into Light
- The Labyrinth, A Metaphor For Our Journey
- Transcending Violence
- Vulnerability Is Not Weakness
- Prayer for Grace