more than a conqueror

In all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:37-39

5.30.2006

SOAK IT UP! This message is amazing!

"Grace strikes us when we are in great pain and restlessess. It strikes us when we walk through the dark valley of a meaningless and empty life... It strikes us when, year after year, the longed-for perfection does not appear, when the old compulsions reign within us as they have for decades, when despair destroys all joy and courage. Sometimes at that moment a wave of light breaks into our darkness, and it is as though a voice were saying: 'You are accepted. You are accepted, accepted by that which is greater than you, and the name of which you do not know. Do not ask for the name now; perhaps you will find it later. Do not try to do anything now; perhaps later you will do much. Do not seek for anything, do not perform anything, do not intend anything. Simply accept the fact that you are accepted.' If that happens to us, we experience grace."

And grace calls out: you are not just a disillusioned old man who may die soon, a middle-aged woman stuck in a job and desparately wanting to get out, a young person feeling the fire in the belly begin to grow cold. You may be insecure, inadequate, mistaken, or potbellied. Death, panic, depression, and disillusionment may be near you. But you are not just that. You are accepted. Never confuse your perception of yourself with the mystery that you really are accepted. - From the book the Ragamuffin Gospel.

This passage literally shook me to my core and it's only 30 pages into the book. I'm so excited to see what else these pages have in store for me. This message is so powerful! The gift of grace is so shrouded by the world sometimes. Either we don't think we deserve it, or we think we already own it. Neither of which are true. God so willingly bestows this gift upon us in our most desparate times, those times of self-realization, when we neither desire or expect it.

2 Comments:

Blogger katie said...

thank you, holly. for posting that and telling me to read it. it hit me and hit me good. im going to go buy that book! i love you and i am so excited for our many coffee dates to come!

5:49 PM  
Blogger nolesrock said...

holls--it's great to share this book and the journey of faith with you...thanks for the comment you left on my blog...keep travelling the path and know that you're not alone! peace--chris

5:22 AM  

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