When someone else’s words bring an Amen from your soul, I think it’s perfectly fine to borrow from their brave for awhile. An excerpt from All is Grace, by Brennan Manning.
This book is by the one who thought he’d
be farther along by now, but he’s not.
It is by the inmate who promised the parole
board he’d be good, but he wasn’t.
It is by the dim-eyed who showed the path
to others but kept losing his way.
It is by the wet-brained who believed if a
little wine is good for the stomach,
then a lot is great.
It is by the liar, tramp, and thief; otherwise
known as the priest, speaker, and author.
It is by the disciple whose chees slid
off his cracker so many times
he said “to hell with cheese ‘n’ crackers.”
It is by the young at heart but old
of bone who is led these
days in a way he’d rather not go.
This book is also for the gentle ones
who’ve lived among wolves.
It is for those who’ve broken free of collar
to romp in fields of love and marriage and divorce.
It is for those who mourn, who’ve been
mourning most of their lives,
yet they hand on to shall be comforted.
It is for those who’ve dreamed of entertaining angels,
but found instead a few friends of great price.
It is for the younger and elder prodigals
who’ve come to their senses
again, and again, and again, and again.
It is for those who strain at pious piffle
because they’ve been swallowed by Mercy itself.
This book is for myself and those who have been around
the block enough ties that we dare to whisper
the ragamuffin’s rumor —
all is grace.
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