Sunday, May 25, 2008

Grace and Acceptance


Grace overcomes shame, not by uncovering an overlooked cache of excellence in ourselves but simply by accepting us, the whole of us, with no regard to our beauty or our ugliness, our virtue or our vices. We are accepted wholesale. Accepted with no possibility of being rejected. Accepted once and accepted forever. Accepted at the ultimate depth of our being.

— Lewis B. Smedes in Shame and Grace


  1. An incredibly comforting thing to remember. Brings to mind last Sunday's reading from Isaiah; 'Yet I will not forget you. See, I have inscribed you on the palms of my hands'

  2. True, but not always true in my most inner being, which is still being healed by God.

  3. And may that complete healing be real for you in God's own good time, Jan.


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