Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Dark Grace

"All human nature vigorously resists grace because grace changes us and the change is painful." Flannery O'Connor

I have a new favorite author, and I haven't even read anything by her yet.

Grace hurts. Grace is painful. Grace isn't pretty.

But it is beautiful.

How can both be true?

Because from God's perspective, Grace is Beautiful. God is Grace.

Yet from our perspective, grace hurts. How easy is it really to love your enemy? The person who acted as if they were your friend, but hid their true self from you? How can you love those who have stabbed you in the heart and betrayed you? How easy is that?

Grace isn't easy. It hurts. And it isn't light and fluffy. Grace doesn't always give us the same feeling a Hallmark Channel movie gives us. No warm fuzzies.

No... It hurts!

It hurts to put yourself aside and give someone something they don't deserve.

They may deserve a blind eye, but that isn't grace. Grace gives attention. It hurts.

They may deserve to never hear from you again, but that isn't grace. Grace picks up the phone and calls. It hurts.

They may deserve death, but that isn't grace. Grace went to the cross for all of us. And it hurt!

Grace is painful, because Grace is the way of the cross.

And we are called to no less than a life of daily cross-bearing.

I have a new favorite author, and I haven't even read anything by her yet. Anyone who is so in tune to grace deserves my attention.

1 Comments:

Blogger amanda. said...

Flannery O'Conner. Interesting choice. Big figure in Southern literature. I think I did an essay on "Good Country People" at one point.

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