Friday, July 1, 2016

Heather Jephcott writes

The Love That God Gives

The love that God gives,
sharing with us liberally,
is firstly,

Receiving with our arms and hearts
receiving this peace with God
making peace with others
as God forgives us,
we also forgive
one and all.

The love that God gives
with the wisdom of peace
goes beyond wise
to the place of foolishness,
by any worldly wisdom standards.

Calling forth a joy,
his extravagant generosity
assaults our standards
of justice and fair play.

The love that God gives
is consistently over-generous
fully forgiving,
running over with grace
magnanimously cancelling debt
taking in the stray.

Calling us to lay down our loads
and to begin building
a life placed in his hands
in the centre of his love.

"There is no reason for being wary, scrupulous, cautious or afraid with this God" (Brennan Manning...thinking through God's Manning's "The Relentless Tenderness of Jesus")

tribute cartoon to brennan manning by nakedpastor david hayward

-- David Hayward

1 comment:

  1. Brennan Manning (Richard Francis Xavier Manning) fought in the Korean War as an American marine, then enrolled at St. Francis University in Loretto, Pennsylvania, and was ordained a Franciscan priest in 1963. Late in the decade he joined the Little Brothers of Jesus of Charles de Foucauld, a religious institute committed to an uncloistered, contemplative life among the poor. In that capacity he transported water via donkey, worked as a mason's assistant and a dishwasher in France, was imprisoned in Switzerland, and spent six months in a remote cave in the Zaragoza desert. In the 1970s, after confronting hios alcoholism, he returned to the US and began writing. His most successful book was 1990's "The Ragamuffin Gospel: Good News for the Bedraggled, Beat-Up, and Burnt Out," about the essence of Christianity; he claimed that the true meaning of God's grace has been lost in a society that is obsessed with merely trying to please God as though he were a "small minded book keeper" who keeps a ledger of sins to use against humanity. Rich Mullins named his group A Ragamuffin Band in tribute to the book.


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