Saturday, February 12, 2011

Grace II

"Mercy and truth have met together, righteousness and bliss have kissed one another."
-Psalm 85:10


What follows is the most beautiful description of Grace I have ever read in my life...I hope it fills your cup as much as it did mine...

"'Man, my friends,' said General Loewenhielm, 'is frail and foolish.  We have all of us been told that Grace is to be found in the universe.  But in our human foolishness and short-sigetedness we imagine divine Grace to be finite.  For this reason we tremble...We tremble before making our choice in life, and after having made it again tremble in fear of having chosen wrong.  But the moment comes when our eyes are opened, and we see and realize that Grace is infinite.  Grace, my friends, demands nothing from us but that we shall await it with confidence and acknowledge it in gratitude.  Grace, brothers, makes not conditions and singles out none of us in particular; Grace takes us all to its bosom and proclaims general amnesty.  See!  that which we have chosen is given us, and that which we have refused is, also and at the same time, granted us.  Ay, that which we have rejected is poured upon us abundantly.  For mercy and truth have met together, and righteousness and bliss have kissed one another!'"

-Isak Dinesen, an excerpt from Babette's Feast and Other Anecdotes of Destiny


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