Artist: George Herbert McCord
I have an "official" type duty this afternoon so I decided to run a habit (one that had been hanging in the back of my closet for months) through the washing machine to freshen it up. As I was cleaning out the pockets, I found a piece of paper with the following printed on it:
Sometimes... a wave of light breaks into our darkness and it is as if a voice were saying, "You are accepted. You are accepted, accepted by that which is greater than you... Do not seek for anything...; do not intend anything. Simply accept the fact that you are accepted."
It's by the great existentialist 20th Century theologian, Paul Tillich. I remember using this passage during a sermon a number of years ago when I was a guest preacher somewhere during Lent. I told the congregation that if I were the rector of a parish, I think I would read this to my people every Sunday for an entire year. That's how important this message is.