Challenging Peace

photo-1501139083538-0139583c060fI spoke with a friend the other day. We share a love for the person who walked away from me and, more significantly, walked away from God.

He mentioned Brennan Manning and recalled several details of his life story, especially his journey toward God. The truths he spoke sent peace to my core. I exhaled with the reminder of who God is, what he promises, and how he provides.

Perhaps some of Brennan Manning’s words will challenge you today:

To live by grace means to acknowledge my whole life story, the light side and the dark. In admitting my shadow side I learn who I am and what God’s grace means.

Define yourself radically as one beloved by God. This is the true self. Every other identity is illusion.

In a futile attempt to erase our past, we deprive the community of our healing gift. If we conceal our wounds out of fear and shame, our inner darkness can neither be illuminated nor become a light for others.

Hope knows that if great trials are avoided great deeds remain undone and the possibility of growth into greatness of soul is aborted.

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