Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Resisting the Grace of God

"Can a person successfully resist the grace of God?" At first, my thoughts moved into the theoretical, the hypothetical, and the theological. However, as I prayed and meditated, I found myself asking God to clear all my thoughts so that I could hear what I needed to hear. Before long, I found myself asking not about Calvanism nor Arminianism, not even Rebeccaism, but I began to ask, "God what really is your "grace." Is it favor? Is it mercy? Is it kindness? Is it empowerment? Is it understanding? Is it beauty even? What if its all that??? Is it possible to resist it? reject it? be hardened by whatever --life-- so much that I reach for it and somehow can't seem to hold on to it? By experience, I would have to assert that sometimes I can see, feel, and hear "grace" pursuing me but that has not always been the case. In my past, I didn't know how to "let" grace in. I wanted to, but my mind, soul, spirit, and actions were somehow unexplainably separate from that grace. Grace was there, but I didn't know how to hold on to it. Thank-God, it held on to me.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Remembering 9/11 We All Cried Out to God

Remember that on 9/11 Americans lost their lives, not any particular faith group. It was no question that we all needed God. The Cry to God was loud and helpless. We all reached out with great compassion, love, and respect and helped each other. Let's remember that and learn from it.