That You are mindful of me? A paraphrase of David’s question in Psalm 8. A question that many of us who believe in a transcendant God ask. Why do You and why would You care about me?
I’m reading a book I should have read a long time ago – Brennan Manning’s "Ragamuffin Gospel". Manning is authentic, real, broken and honest. There are no 40 days to purpose, 7 habits for highly successful, three things I need to, or one question I have to ask – just a ragamuffin sharing the truth of God’s love to the rest of us ragamuffins.
"To be alive is to be broken. And to be broken is to stand in need of grace. Honesty keeps us in touch with our neediness and the truth that we are saved sinners. There is a beautiful transparency to honest disciples who never wear a false face and do not pretend to be anything but who they are." Pg 85, The Ragamuffin Gospel
There is something in all of us that wants us to look good, smell good and and be filled with "righteousness" in order to be seen as "real" believers – that isn’t the real world – it’s a plastic imitation. We want to earn our relationship with God. "Look at me, Daddy. Look at me!. See how good I am." But we are all broken, in the need of the love of the Other, the Author of all good things, who loves us with a "ruthless love" as Manning puts it – a love that drives out all self-pity as God loves us just as we are. We can do nothing to earn this love. In accepting it freely, we are transformed by it.
"You must be convinced of this, trust it, and never forget to remember. Everything else will pass away, but the love of Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever. Faith will become vision, hope will become possession, but the love of Jesus Christ that is stronger than death endures forever. In the end, it is the one thing you can hang onto."
This is the perfect accompaniment to Donald Miller’s Blue Like Jazz.