I’ve always felt that two of the loveliest words in the English language are “Sunday afternoon.” (Readers, help me me recall which famous writer first shared that observation.)
Narrow it down to just one word, and I’d leap right to the soft benevolence of grace.
This came to mind as I turned the pages of a crackly new paperback by Robin Jones Gunn titled Victim of Grace (Zondervan, 2013). And I hasten to say, don’t feel threatened by that word victim, because the subtitle quickly brings perspective: When God’s Goodness Prevails, along with a Bible-based foreword, “For from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace (John 1:16, English Standard Version).
The point Gunn makes is that when our lives don’t go as expected (as, for example, in times of ill-health), it’s easy to feel like a victim. We look with despair at our missteps or misfortunes and view our lives as impaired. But what, she asks, if we could see the future (and our health and well-being) as God sees them? Continue reading