We huff and puff ...

Whenever I need to be reminded of the unconditional, unearned grace of God, I read Brennan Manning.

Today, this was his gift to me:

"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.

It is the message of grace ...

A grace that pays the eager beaver who works all day long 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 ...

This vulgar grace is indiscriminate compassion.

It works without asking anything of us ...

Grace is sufficient even though we huff and puff with all our might to try to find something it cannot cover.

Grace is enough ...

Jesus is enough."

 From one "huffer and puffer" to all of you ...

May you live this weekend fully drenched in the grac e of God!

Tags: Living Gratefully, Living Truthfully, Celebration, God's Mission, Developing a Rule of Life