Three nights ago I was awakened out of a dream in the wee hours of the morning. I rarely remember dreams. As I laid there in bed thinking about all I had just seen it was like a web spreading throughout the world. I finally got up out of bed because I couldn't go back to sleep so I thought I would just sit down at the computer and attempt to write some of my thoughts down. And nothing cohesive that night or the following days ever came together that I could write about. I could have the conversation with you (which I have with a couple people since) but I couldn't write it down.
This morning my friend Wayne posted this (I already know some of you have seen it) and as I sat and read it my dream from Monday night came flooding back into my mind. Reconciliation was at the core of the dream along with the struggle we all find ourselves in. Ugly might seem like it's winning the day on a larger scale but it's not. Ugly has been losing ground ever since grace was revealed and began to change people. This article does not contain the exact same details of my dream (even though racial reconciliation was a part of mine) but it is about the same transforming power that will turn your life around...not by changing the ugly world around you so that life lines up to all the expectations you have placed on it...but it will do it by changing you. And as Flannery O’Connor says in the quote that begins the article the change is painful as it goes to work to seperate us from our old ways of living in this world.
Read the article here http://reconcilers.wordpress.com/2009/10/19/celebrating-“grace-day”-from-trying-harder-and-doing-more-to-a-culture-of-grace/