All is Gift


Where the way of Christ, turns upside down the way of this world, where first is last, and last is first, where the high road to greatness, is walked out on the low road of loving service, there is the question, how, Lord, might we go lower? Show us the ways of humility.

One of the ways that helped me think about this today, was found in part of a book I am reading. The reminder that all that we have, is gift. All that we have is by the hand of grace. By the hand of the God of grace.

“For grace proclaims the awesome truth that all is gift. All that is good is ours, not by right, but by the sheer bounty of a gracious God. While there is much we may have earned – our degree, our salary, our home and garden, a Miller Lite, and a good night’s sleep – all this is possible only because we have been given so much: life itself, eyes to see and hands to touch, a mind to shape ideas, and a heart to beat with love … This and so much more is sheer gift.”

~ Brennan Manning, The Ragamuffin Gospel, p 25.

That all that we have has been given. That even what has come from the work of our own hands, ultimately comes from the grace of His.

To rest in this knowledge of His gift, and the humility of our dependence. And to give thanks.


~ by Birgit on October 11, 2012.

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