Experiencing grace

Grace strikes us when we are in great pain and restlessness. It strikes us when we walk through the dark valley of a meaningless and empty life. It strikes us when we feel that our separation is deeper than usual, because we have violated another life, a life which we loved, or from which we were estranged. It strikes us when our disgust for our own being, our indifference, our weakness, our hostility, and our lack of direction and composure have become intolerable to us. It strikes us when, year after year, the longed-for perfection of life does not appear, when the old compulsions reign within us as they have for decades, when despair destroys all joy and courage.

Sometimes at that moment a wave of light breaks into our darkness, and it is as though a voice were saying: “You are accepted. You are accepted… Do not try to do anything now; perhaps later you will do much. Do not seek for anything; do not perform anything; do not intend anything. Simply accept the fact that you are accepted!” If that happens to us, we experience grace.

–Paul Tillich
(1886 – 1965)

Photo: Joey Chandler

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  1. Dear Jorges Chulz,

    I am Vinh Son Nguyen, a postdoctoral researcher in a university.
    Recently, I have found a picture in your wordpress site via google. I would like to ask whether I could use this picture (https://jorgeschulz.files.wordpress.com/2012/11/light_in_the_dark_forest_by_jchanders.jpg) for submitting to a scientific journal paper.
    I hope that it will be good for you.

    Best regards,

    Vinh Son

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