I remember the first time I read a book by Brennan Manning. His words breathed new life into my ‘ragamuffin’ soul. A decade or so later, I am finally listening to his memoir. Maybe it’s his way with words, maybe it’s listening to this book just hours before Good Friday...but the Truth he shares wrecks me once again! Glory! I just got to share...
“My message, unchanged for more than fifty years, is this: God loves you unconditionally, as you are and not as you should be, because nobody is as they should be. It is the message of grace…A grace that pays the eager beaver who works all day long the same wages as the grinning drunk who shows up at ten till five…A grace that hikes up the robe and runs breakneck toward the prodigal reeking of sin and wraps him up and decides to throw a party no ifs, ands, or buts…This vulgar grace is indiscriminate compassion. It works without asking anything of us…Grace is sufficient even though we huff and puff with all our might to try to find something or someone it cannot cover. Grace is enough…Jesus is enough.” 
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“John, the disciple Jesus loved, ended his first letter with this line: "Children, be on your guard against false gods." In other words, steer clear of any God you can comprehend. Abba’s love cannot be comprehended. I'll say it again: Abba's love cannot be comprehended.” 
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“If asked whether I am finally letting God love me, just as I am, I would answer, 'No, but I'm trying.”
― Brennan Manning, All Is Grace: A Ragamuffin Memoir

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