"The Conversation"


Comments
Display comments as (Linear | Threaded)

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?
Comment (1)
#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.
Comment (1)
#2 Brandon on 2011-09-13 14:13 (Reply)

Add Comment

Enclosing asterisks marks text as bold (*word*), underscore are made via _word_.
Standard emoticons like :-) and ;-) are converted to images.

To prevent automated Bots from commentspamming, please enter the string you see in the image below in the appropriate input box. Your comment will only be submitted if the strings match. Please ensure that your browser supports and accepts cookies, or your comment cannot be verified correctly.
CAPTCHA

 
Submitted comments will be subject to moderation before being displayed.