April 23, 2018

A Crazy, Holy Grace

A crazy, holy grace I have called it. Crazy because whoever could have predicted it? Who can ever foresee the crazy how and when and where of a grace that wells up out of the lostness and pain of the world and of our own inner worlds? And holy because these moments of grace come ultimately from farther away than Oz and deeper down than doom, holy because they heal and hallow. “For all thy blessings, known and unknown, remembered and forgotten, we give thee thanks,” runs an old prayer, and it is for all the unknown ones and the more than half-forgotten ones that we do well to look back over the journeys of our lives because it is their presence that makes the life of each of us a sacred journey. We have a hard time seeing such blessed and blessing moments as the gifts I choose to believe they are and a harder time still reaching out toward the hope of a giving hand, but part of the gift is to be able, at least from time to time, to be assured and convinced without seeing, as Hebrews says, because that is of the very style and substance of faith as well as what drives it always to seek a farther and a deeper seeing still.

Frederick Buechner

Comments

  1. Christiane says:

    ” . . . holy because these moments of grace come ultimately from farther away than Oz and deeper down than doom, holy because they heal and hallow”

    love the alliteration of this passage 🙂

  2. john barry says:

    Chaplin Mike, thank you for this reminder of a really great man of faith and to me a wonderful teacher. One of my favorite authors and such a talented man not only with words but inspirational insights. This has to be a fairly new book but it has been so long I can re read some of his earlier works.

    I always appreciated his finding the glory and love of God in our shared everyday life’s journey. I am glad that Frederick Buechner is still here and sharing his faith.

  3. Robert F says:

    Words that fall like gentle spring rain into the arid landscape of my soul.