Wednesday, July 02, 2008

Prevenient

"There are two occasions when the sacred beauty of Creation becomes dazzlingly apparent, and they occur together. One is when we feel our mortal insufficiency to the world, and the other is when we feel the world's mortal insufficiency to us.

Theologians talk about prevenient grace that precedes grace itself and allows us to be brave-that is to acknowledge that there is more beauty than our eyes can bear, the previous things have been put into our hands and to do nothing to honor them is to do great harm"

Marilynne Robinson in Gilead quoted by Scot McKnight in 'Embracing Grace'

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