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First, have to say that I love the way that Liz slows life down long enough to ponder over a moment and write about it. Whenever I read something she's written, it helps me do this, too. Most of the time, I try to hurry too fast to gain distance and lose a little of the rich depth.

Second, this piece moves me to try out its urge to grace in multiple applications. I think, yes, to be gracious with others is a generosity that I'm not averse to, but am somehow often wired to forget. Perhaps in my eager desire to seize upon the enhancement of truth, I misguidedly end up sacrificing the thing I really want, which is to enhance persons through love. And Liz is right: restraint shown in grace is lovelier.

But then there's also the lovely gift of grace from God that somehow I treat like broccoli in the milk. Or the generosity of spirit that I could show more often to my own self. Or the grace shown to me by so many around me that I misconstrue or fail to see.

Can a perspective of grace transcend suspicion? Can I begin with generosity instead of having to wind my way toward it after so many blind blunders? Thank you, Liz, for this gentle nudge toward a lovelier path. "Why is grace so hard to get to?" is a question I'll keep trying to ask on the way to love. But, humble questioning and honest confession is a good place to start, isn't it?
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#1 Jennifer on 2011-09-10 23:39 (Reply)
The first step is always the hardest. Once you take that first step, the others get easier and easier. I realize that is an old, way overused statement, but it still holds true. Forgiveness is very difficult. Especially, when you think of it within the context of the past weekend's 9/11 sermon.
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#2 Brandon on 2011-09-13 14:13 (Reply)

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