Tag Archives: Gods_unfailing_love

God’s grace embraces our questions as well as our answers

“Our questions and questing are crucial, because they can help us live into the answer of the furture. I am certain of one thing: the love that is God is at the heart of the answer, just as it is at the heart of each moment–past, present, and future. Faith today, tomorrow and always seeks to live, to love, and to be fully loved…It chooses to embrace hope and to be embraced by hope, even when overwhelmed by despair; it seeks life even in the face of death….For God’s grace embraces our questions as well as our answers and our blindness as well as our vision, just as the sun shines steadily through the night, waiting to illumine the sky at dawn.”  Jean M Blomquist,  Wrestling till Dawn


How blessed we are to be able to always pull God’s love tightly around us, particularly in long dark nights when worries try to take over before the dawn.

Between Memory and Hope

Thanksgiving for me always has a certain bitter-sweetness to it.  I am overwhelmingly grateful for the many blessings I have received, but I am also reminded that my “highs,” like my “lows,” are transitory.  As I ponder Christ’s statement that the Kingdom of Heaven is near, I wonder why it still seems far away.  And so I live between memory and hope, grateful for my past, but also looking forward to an eternal life in the future. “Let nothing disturb thee;
Let nothing dismay thee: All thing pass; God never changes
.”  Teresa of Avila

Wallowa Lake

Powder Valley sunrise over the Wallowas


Forgiveness

As I read this statement by CS Lewis, I realize once again that forgiveness is not a choice; it is a command.

“This is hard.  It is perhaps not so hard to forgive a single great injury. But to forgive the incessant provocations of daily life–to keep on forgiving the bossy mother-in-law, the bullying husband, the nagging wife, the selfish daughter, the deceitful son–how can we do it?  Only, I think, by remembering where we stand, by meaning our words when we say in our prayers each night, ‘Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us!’ We are offered forgiveness on no other terms. To refuse it is to refuse God’s mercy for ourselves. There is no hint of exceptions.”
If God can forgive my numerous imperfections, certainly I can do that for others.
Two translations of Psalm 103: 10,11