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grace Archive

Thursday

7

June 2012

21

COMMENTS

Guest Post: “Unfair Grace”

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Today’s thoughtful guest post comes from Marilyn Gardner of Communicating Across Boundaries. Marilyn is a contributor to What a Woman is Worth, and her writing here will give you just a taste of the honesty and beauty with which she crafts hard thoughts into gentle prose. –Tamára (I am continuing to share a guest post once a week as I’m busy editing WaWiW. If you’d like to submit one, please see my guidelines here.) _______________________________________________________ “I read Ann Voskamp’s book,” –pause– “and I was thankful for a few days.” This came from my friend as we sat together drinking free [...]

Thursday

15

March 2012

32

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A Letter to My Rapist

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As I’ve been reading, re-reading, editing, and deliberating over a throng of submissions for What a Woman is Worth, I’ve held up. Mostly. For every heartbreaking essay, there is one that heals, and I am grateful and hopeful for the good each will do. But a good friend pointed out that maybe I might be getting a little immersed in the mire, and she didn’t want me to get stuck. So I wrote a letter that all this emotional book work inspired, a letter that was far more important to write than it would be to send, and I am [...]

Wednesday

22

February 2012

10

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Open the Door and See All the People

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“Here is the church,” I laced my fingers together and hid them between closed palms. “Here is the steeple,” I shot my pointer fingers up and touched the tips together. “Open the door and see all the people,” I swung apart my thumbs and wiggled my entwined fingers. And this last was always my favorite part, the funny church members all wobbly and stuck together. My fingers have grown since those days, but I still like to use them to remind myself of what makes up the Church. For all the division and frustration, for all the disillusionment and hurt, [...]

Tuesday

17

January 2012

7

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The Pharisees Are Not Dead

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“Your very adamant message Is grace, grace, grace.” I take it as a compliment Of the highest order, “If I’m to err, I pray it will be On the side of adamant grace.” The study has seemed pretty easy, All of us scholars, Seeking Theo through logos. The commentators say, “The Pharisees are not dead.” And I think, “Sure– I see them all around, Preaching doctrine, Teaching standards, Guarding long-held ways.” (continued) *** Please continue reading today’s post at A Deeper Story!

Tuesday

10

January 2012

29

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Guest Post: “Choice is a Grace”

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Today’s guest post comes from Aletheia of According to Aletheia. She is gifted to draw out raw beauty in both paint and print. I encourage you to see her artwork at her site; It’s my pleasure to share her words with you here. –Tamara (What’s up with all the guest posts around here?) _______________________________________________________ “I just didn’t want to think about the loneliness anymore. And I knew that doing this would make me forget it. So I masturbated.” She went on to talk about other things so matter-of-factly–what she felt and what went through her mind before, during, afterwards, but [...]

Monday

28

November 2011

35

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Guest Post: “Life on the Bottom Shelf”

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I’m honored to be sharing a guest post with you today written by my friend Jonah of Virtual Stowaway, a blog about the intersections of video gaming, culture, and faith. We get to do real life together, and when you read his piece here, you’ll see why I consider that to be such a privilege and joy. –Tamara ______________________________________________________ Prior to my daughter’s birth, I kept all my journals on the bottom of my bookshelf. This made sense for several reasons, the most obvious of which was that I could easily grab the current volume and jot something down. But [...]

Monday

10

October 2011

57

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Grace for the Everyday

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I write about grace a lot. Probably because I think about it a lot. Probably because I need it a lot. When I catch even a hint of a suggestion that someone wants to place limits on grace, I am all intensity and vehemence. I think that those of us who have felt most deeply our need of grace are usually the ones most ready to defend its depth and breadth, its transcendence and permanence. But I wonder: Do I actually, practically give grace a lot? I have all sorts of philosophical grace for people who have done terrible wrongs [...]

Thursday

29

September 2011

53

COMMENTS

Guest Post: “Everyone You Meet”

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Today’s guest post comes from Amanda Williams of Life. Edited. When she sent it to me, I was struck by its messy honesty and beautiful grace. I’m happy to pass both along to you today. –Tamara ________________________________________________________ There was a ninety percent chance of rain, but we went anyway. One mama, one papa, two grandparents and three kids under four piled into two cars and piled out at the zoo. We had been feeding lorikeets and herding children for about twenty minutes when the rain began. Opting for lunch over misery, our party of seven took cover in the Zoo [...]

Tuesday

30

August 2011

83

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Audacious Grace

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I’d been wanting to write for the People of the Second Chance “Never Beyond” poster series on grace, but I was waiting for the right figure’s inspiration. Casey Anthony, Mike Tyson, and Darth Vader are salient examples of second-chance needers, but I was looking for someone I could relate to a little more. Maybe a Hester Prynne type– someone who wasn’t readily acceptable in church circles but who hadn’t really hurt anyone with their most recognizable brand of sin. And then these words hit me hard and deep: We all haunt someone’s grace limit. Who could put up your poster [...]

Monday

22

August 2011

7

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We Remain, We Are Remembered

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The songwriter dreams desperately: On the very day I die The very last of my desires Is that you take my broken body And commit it to the fire And then when the fire is finished Scrape the ashes in a tin Take them down to London’s drinking reservoirs And throw them in And then specks infinitesimal of my mortal remains Will slide down seven million throats and into seven million veins And I will creep through their capillaries to the marrow of their bones And they will wake to bright new mornings and then wordlessly they’ll know That I [...]