atyclbI’ve been experiencing a lot of grace recently. Directly from God. Directly from God through people. I’m finding that when God’s people extend grace…it’s kind of like God putting skin on again and it’s… wow. I know these are lyrics. I realize this isn’t scripture. That said, I wonder why this concept of grace…why the thought of grace…can feel so unreachable. Why it can seem like an impossibility.

| Artist: U2 | Source: | Album: All That You Can’t Leave Behind |

Grace, she takes the blame
She covers the shame
Removes the stain
It could be her name

Grace, it’s the name for a girl
It’s also a thought that changed the world
And when she walks on the street
You can hear the strings
Grace finds goodness in everything

Grace, she’s got the walk
Not on a ramp or on chalk
She’s got the time to talk
She travels outside of karma
She travels outside of karma
When she goes to work
You can hear her strings
Grace finds beauty in everything

Grace, she carries a world on her hips
No champagne flute for her lips
No twirls or skips between her fingertips
She carries a pearl in perfect condition

What once was hurt
What once was friction
What left a mark
No longer stings
Because Grace makes beauty
Out of ugly things

Grace makes beauty out of ugly things

| Artist: U2 | Source: | Album: All That You Can’t Leave Behind |

Is grace really a thought that changed (past tense) the world?  What about my world? What about me? Can grace really find goodness in everything? Is there any goodness in…me? There was once. But is there now? Does grace really make beauty out of everything? EVERYTHING? Even out of ugly things? What about really…really…REALLY ugly things? What about the hideous and evil? What about that kind of ugly?

I know what I’ve experienced and yet this thing called grace still causes me to pause. Sometimes to just plain stop.

Food for thought. Talk amongst yourselves.



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2 responses to “grace…

  1. Micheal Jackson

    You do realize if you experience grace through someone else it wouldn’t be directly from God, right? It is kinda the definition of directly that gets in the way.

  2. Jp

    God’s grace can come however He pleases – directly through others if He choses

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