Grace and Peace to you.
“Blessed are the poor in spirit,
for theirs is the realm of heaven.”
— Matthew 5.3
It is this simple:
God’s immutable, supreme, unconditional law
is not the law of deserving,
the law of punishment and reward—
but the law of grace.
It is God’s Absolute:
more constant than the speed of light,
the force of gravity or the passage of time.
God brings light out of darkness,
life out of death,
people out of slavery.
God overwhelms sin with forgiveness,
turns mourning into dancing
and loss into victory.
There is only One Thing, and it is grace.
God’s holy blessing, glory and loveliness
throb at the heart of all things.
It is not perceptible to rational thought
or common sense;
it follows no human rule or expectation;
and nothing—not time or space,
suffering or evil, sin or death—
can diminish its power, alter its course
or determine who receives it.
The more deeply you trust this,
the more readily you see
this rough and shabby world
as a seed coating,
as a tomb soon to be emptied,
a child to be loved.
The more deeply you trust this
the more madly you love,
the more courageously you sing,
the more hopefully you kneel
before God’s hurting ones
and stand before the world’s mighty ones;
the more freely you pour yourself out
like a waterfall of God,
knowing even your grave is a gate;
the more grateful you are to live in mystery
and, in perfect humility,
burn with the light of heaven.
Copyright © Steve Garnaas-Holmes