A quote to ruin your life by (in the very best way)

“My message, unchanged for more than fifty years, is this: God loves you unconditionally, as you are and not as you should be, because nobody is as they should be.” Further, he writes, “My life is a witness to grace that amazes as it offends. A grace that pays the eager beaver who works all day the same wages as the grinning drunk who shows up at ten till five. A grace that hikes up the robe and runs breakneck toward the prodigal reeking of sin and wraps him up and decides to throw a party no ifs, ands, or buts. A grace that raises bloodshot eyes to a dying thief’s request – ‘Please, remember me” – and assures him, ‘You bet!’ A grace that is the pleasure of the Father, fleshed out in the carpenter Messiah, Jesus the Christ, who left His Father’s side not for heaven’s sake but for our sakes, yours and mine. His grace is indiscriminate compassion. It works without asking anything of us. It’s not cheap. It’s free and as such will always be a banana peel for the orthodox foot and a fairy tale for the grown-up sensibility. Grace is sufficient even though we huff and puff with all our might to try to find something or someone it cannot cover. Grace is enough. He is enough. Jesus is enough.”

– Brennan Manning, “All Is Grace”

trust: walking into the unknown with purpose

 

“THE WAY OF TRUST IS A MOVEMENT INTO OBSCURITY,

INTO THE UNDEFINED,

INTO AMBIGUITY…

THE REALITY OF NAKED TRUST IS THE LIFE OF THE PILGRIM

WHO LEAVES WHAT IS NAILED DOWN, OBVIOUS, AND SECURE,

AND WALKS INTO THE UNKNOWN

WITHOUT ANY RATIONAL EXPLANATION TO JUSTIFY THE DECISION

OR GUARANTEE THE FUTURE.

WHY?

BECAUSE GOD HAS SIGNALED THE MOVEMENT

AND OFFERED IT HIS PRESENCE AND HIS PROMISE.” 

~Brennan Manning