Again, from Terry Hershey’s The Power of Pause, I found this striking quote from Paul Tillich:
Grace strikes us when we are in great pain and restlessness. It strikes us when we walk through the dark valley of a meaningless and empty life… It strikes us when, year after year, the longed for perfection of life does not appear, when the old compulsions reign within us as they have for decades, when despair destroys all joy and courage. Sometime at that moment a wave of light breaks into our darkness… If that happens to us we experience grace.
Granted, we might seldom experience grace “directly,” but, every moment of our lives, we stand under a deluge of God’s graces. Alleluia.
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