I thought of writing a book review but ended up with a song inspired by a book. “Grace found me” is a phrase quoted from the book All Is Grace: A Ragamuffin Memoir which is the memoir of beloved author and speaker Brennan Manning. We think we can earn God’s love, God’s favor. We can’t. Even at our best, most religious selves we fall short. We all do. And, at our worst, God’s hand reaches out for us. All we have to do is reach for it. His hand will find our hand.
As some of you know, I am working on a worship recording called Drink The Divine. This worship project is about grace–the cross section of our belief in it and our experience of it. This is why I believe in giving away the proceeds to help a very worthy cause, Doma International. There are many who need an arm reached out to them. As we in our well-equipped and tuned church facilities cry out in song and prayer, our hand should be held out to the least of these. We are all ragamuffins, anyway.
Fundamentally, I believe that drinking the divine of Jesus includes how we in our human, earthy and real selves live out love to others. It is not an “either or”…it is a “both and” way of loving. Love God, and love people. Follow Jesus. Express your worship to Jesus. These we should not separate.
If you believe in this as I do and desire to support, please do so. There are only a few days left and your contribution will get you a small perk, sure. But, it will give a lot more. However, only you can help make that happen.
God bless and peace in the New Year to you and yours!
Here are the song lyrics to “Grace Found Me”.
Verse 1: In the dark of doubt I’m closer to good news For it takes a broken heart To finally hear the truth A prodigal I am Reaching for the Father’s hand
Chorus: Grace, grace, you found me From my shame I am set free Grace, grace, you saved me From blindness now my eyes see Grace
Verse 2: God’s favor is not earned My efforts fall in vain Yes, I have a broken heart And I’m the one to blame A prodigal I am Reaching for the Father’s hand
© 2011 Rich Kirkpatrick/Tehilla Music