Of Redemption and Grace

Redemption: (noun)

  1. an act of redeeming or atoning for a fault or mistake, or the state of being redeemed.
  2. deliverance; rescue.
  3. Theology. deliverance from sin; salvation.
  4. atonement for guilt.
  5. repurchase, as of something sold.
  6. paying off, as of a mortgage, bond, or note.


It [grace] is unearned love – the love that goes before, that greets us on the way.  It’s the help you receive when you have no bright ideas left, when you are empty and desperate and have discovered that your best thinking and most charming charm have failed you.  Grace is the light or electricity or juice or breeze that takes you from that isolated place and puts you with others who are as startled and embarrassed and eventually as grateful as you are to be there.
– Anne Lamott, Traveling Mercies: Some Thoughts on Faith


How did I get here?

I have asked myself that question many times.  Maybe you have as well.  Or perhaps you are asking “How do I get there?”

Oh, my heart, I don’t have a good answer to offer.  Sometimes you must wander in the wilderness for a long time before you find that one, overgrown track that you follow because you have no reason not to.  Sometimes a fellow traveler, a sojourner says something that causes your heart to leap in recognition, and you just know where you must go.  Sometimes you stumble onto the path.  Sometimes it is handed to you, as a gift.  Sometimes it comes as the answer to a question.  Sometimes it is the question.

All I know is if you seek the path diligently, you will be given clues, hints, and help where and when you least expect it. You find companionship and support and encouragement in the most unexpected of circumstances.  You will be surprised. Seek.  Set your feet to the path.  And do not give up.

Redemption begins with grace.


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