Too much to take in all at once, Lord,
the wonder of your love.
The glory of its breadth and depth and height,
its never-changing power to recreate my life.
The force that holds the universe in equilibrium
yet finds the time to smile on me.
A love that meets the weakest link,
invites it to come close and never says goodbye.
A love that sees the possibilities in me
and if in me in everybody else as well.
There have been times, Lord,
when I thought I needed to be good
to force an entry to your kingdom.
Or if I paid attention to the rules
the gates would open automatically.
It was an uphill struggle, Lord
that left me gasping,
but as I paused, breathless and battered,
somewhere along the road
I glimpsed the truth I'd hidden from myself
- the door's already open wide,
the welcome warm.
I'm loved for who I am, just as I am,
because of who you are.
Past records are ignored.
It takes the strain away
and let's me concentrate on others, not myself.
The fight for paranoid perfection I can never reach,
There are no favourites with you,
no special privileges that buy me precedence.
I come as others come not as of right or race,
or by genetic grace,
but through your open-hearted, open-handed love.
And if I hear you laughing gently
at the struggles I've been through
so be it.
I'll share the laughter with you
when we're face to face.
from the book "Unexpected Journeys"
A Collection of Meditations and Prayers
And if by grace, then it cannot be based on works;
if it were, grace would no longer be grace.
Romans 11:6 TNIV