I Cannot Add To This…

“My life is a witness to vulgar grace — a grace that amazes as it offends. A grace that pays the eager beaver who works all day long the same wage 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. A grace that raises bloodshot eyes to a dying thief’s request — “Please, remember me” — and assures him, “You bet!”…This vulgar grace is indiscriminate compassion. It works without asking anything of us. It’s not cheap. It’s free, and as such will always be a banana peel for the orthodox foot and a fairy tale for the grown-up sensibility. Grace is sufficient even though we huff and puff with all our might to try and find something or someone that it cannot cover. Grace is enough…” ~ Brennan Manning

…. Other than to say I know of this grace Mr. Manning speaks. I would never have felt accepted to this very moment – I know it – had I not met it head-on on that bittersweet day. And it changed me forever.  ❤


6 thoughts on “I Cannot Add To This…

  1. Wendy

    I love Brennan Manning! It thrills my soul to know that he has met the Giver of vulgar grace. This is just what I needed to read this morning. Much love to you Bonnie!


  2. Carl Ray

    The most misunderstood gift of God. Some people think that something like that has to be earned and they are not worthy of such a gift. Others don’t recognize it forwhat it is. The adversary wants to keep you as clueless about it as possible. Thank you, Bonnie, for reminding us through Mr. Manning’s vivid illustration of God’s wonderful gift of grace. May we all, one day, be open to this gift and share in the joy it bestows.


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