Great quote of a quote

I’ve been re-reading Brennan Manning’s Ruthless Trust, A Raggamuffin’s Path to God .I love everything that Brennan Manning has written, but this is one of my favorites. During this season of my life I feel like his words in this book are keeping me sane. Anyway,  in this post I wrote about not dissecting our lives into the parts that are pleasing to God and the parts that we want to leave behind because Jesus came to make all things new, and it’s our life as a whole that brings glory to God when we live in redemption.  This morning I read a quote Brennan Manning used in Ruthless Trust by Henri Nouwen and I wanted to tack it onto my thoughts about redemption…

To be grateful for the good things that happen in our lives is easy, but to be grateful for all of our lives– the good as well as the bad, the moments of joy as well was the moments of sorrow, the successes as well as the failures, the rewards as well as the rejections– that requires hard spiritual work. Still, we are only grateful people when we can say thank you to all that has brought us to the present moment.  As long as we keep dividing our lives between events and people we would like to remember and those we would rather forget, we cannot claim the fullness of our beings as a gift from God to be grateful for. Let’s not be afraid to look at everything that has brought us to where we are now and trust that we will soon see in it the guiding hand of a loving God.

 

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