No effort earns ...

I've been reading and teaching about grace lately.

How hard it is for us to comprehend God's grace ...

We SO want to add our own effort to the mix;

to show God how worthy we are of his free gift.

I love this poem

because it so beautifully

paints a picture of

the surrender 

necessary

to truly experience

the free grace of God.

The Avowal

As swimmers dare to lie face up to sky

and water bears them,

as hawks rest upon air

and air sustains them,

so would I learn to attain

free fall and float

into Creator Spirit's deep embrace,

knowing no effort earns

that all surrounding grace.

(Denise Levertov)