The grace of God means something like: Here is your life. You might never have been, but you are because the party wouldn't have been complete without you. Here is the world. Beautiful and terrible things will happen. Don't be afraid. I am with you. Nothing can ever separate us. It's for you I created the universe. I love you. There's only one catch. Like any other gift, the gift of grace can be yours only if you'll reach out and take it. Maybe being able to reach out and take it is a gift too.
That's from his book Beyond Words - Daily Readings from the ABC's of Grace.
I'm reading a collection of his sermons called Secrets in the Dark and they are fabulous. I've never really enjoyed reading sermons in print because sermons are to living in a spoken kind of way. This set is different, though.
My prayer today is that you and I would be able to reach out and take the gift of grace.