I’m thinking about Grace part 30

You know I still have lots of questions. Always have, always will. There have been a few in the last couple of days…

So I don’t want you to think I have suddenly become ‘all shiny and happy’. I have never understood how practical Christianity got confused with ‘being complete’, ‘being a success’ or ‘claiming your destiny’. Always remember those codicils when I am trying to blog ‘Grace’.

I’m ploughing on with

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that I blogged about a few days ago (Day 6 I think) . ‘Ploughing on’- is not true- I really like it. Here are some things I have noted in the last few days:-

‘Day 263. I feel myself becoming an extremist- at least in some areas. Like my obsession with gratefulness. I can’t stop……

…It’s an odd way to live. But also kind of great and powerful. I’ve never before been so aware of the thousands of little good things, the thousands of things that go right every day.’ (p451-2)

 

‘There is nothing wrong with making a million dollars. There is something wrong with keeping it.’(p456- quoting Tony Campolo).

 

‘There’s a beauty to forgiveness, especially forgiveness that goes beyong rationality. Unconditional love is an illogical notion, but such a great and powerful one.’ (p463).

 

All this from a guy who is writing , at least initially, from a perspective of no faith. He catches glimpses of faith by putting what he sees as biblical commands into practice and living by them, despite difficulty and ridicule. Sometimes when I read or hear people saying ‘I have lost my faith’ it seems to be spoken of like faith was an intellectual proposition- a lucky rabbit’s foot waved at reality- and not a lifestyle.

Reading this book makes me think- gives me insights into Grace. Wish I who believe could follow as diligently and wholeheartedly as he does….and make some of the lifestyle choices he does……

Grace often seems to appear outside our known and self-determined boundaries…

I’m thinking about grace part 6…

I’ve been reading this book by someone who comes from the perspective of a Jewish atheism/agnosticism:-

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It is called ‘The Year of Living Biblically’ and subtitled ‘One Man’s Humble Quest to Follow the Bible as Literally as possible.’ I am so loving this book….. it is by turns funny, moving, hopeful, insightful and irreverent. Go read!

In this bit he describes trying to learn how to pray from never having prayed before…. I saw grace in this yesterday (p156) and I thought… ‘You seem closer to heaven than I am…’

‘The prayers are helpful. They remind me that the food didn’t spontaneously generate in my fridge. They make me more connected, more grateful, more grounded, more aware of my place in this complicated hummus cycle. They remind me to taste the hummus instead of shoveling it into my maw like it’s a nutrition pill. And they remind me that I’m lucky to have food at all. Basically, they help me get outside of my self-obsessed cranium.

I’m not sure this is what the Bible intended, but it feels like a step forward.’