I have not given up. And each of you, with all the memories you have and the tales you could tell, you also have not given up. You also are survivors and are here. And what does that tell us, our surviving? It tells us that weak as we are, a strength has pulled us through at least this far, at least to this day. Foolish as we are, a wisdom beyond our wisdom has flickered up just often enough to light us if not to the right path through the forest, at least to the path that leads forward, that is bearable. Faint of heart as we are, a love beyond power to love has kept our hearts alive.

                                    FREDERICK BUECHNER

Crazy Holy Grace

Crazy Holy Grace

There it sits, a book that was delivered to my door on October 21st. I’m not sure exactly why I ordered this book, except I love all of Buechner’s books and this one is not on my shelf. His words stop me. They captivate me. They draw me in. They remind me to pause, to think, to be present and listen, to listen to all that surrounds. Returning home from the recent evacuations, I unstacked the hastily thrown items from my sacred reading space hidden in my closet. Under it all, resting neatly on my desk, sat Buechner’s book, A...

May you leave here today, better than you arrived, inspired to humbly and thoughtfully listen to and collect the stories that make up our days. We will make messes, wander off course, and sometimes lose our way but when this happens, may we gently straighten back up, open our eyes, and look up to the fresh face of He, who delights in us.