“Life is amazing. And then it’s awful. And then it’s amazing again. And in between the amazing and the awful it’s ordinary and mundane and routine. Breathe in the amazing, hold on through the awful, and relax and exhale during the ordinary. That’s just living heartbreaking, soul-healing, amazing, awful, ordinary life. And it’s breathtakingly beautiful.”—LR Knost
The summer months came with unexpected change; with the next hard thing. I found myself hanging in the balance between here and there; living in liminal space; wondering what was next for me. Where would God lead me next? Would I find myself through the awful back into the beauty and the amazing?
Thats the thing about life. You are shown the amazing and the awful. But in between that you are given this beautiful life hand sown by our beloved God. God has this way of taking the broken and making them whole again. I’m reminded again and again of these words from Gungor’s song Beautiful Things: “God makes beautiful things out of dust; out of us.”
A few weeks ago, at a synod gathering, our synod bishop preached an awesome sermon. Paraphrased words from that sermon that are still echoing in my ear are these: “There must first be breaking before it becomes whole again.” There was a time I felt completely broken and would never be whole again. I had to be broken to be pieced back together again. And it was during those times that I realized the power of “Jagged Grace.” A grace that continually shapes us and changes us. It’s a grace that overcomes life’s obstacles.
Throughout this month, we will hear stories of “jagged grace”; of living in liminal space, of becoming whole again, and of reaching summits that are only possible because of “Jagged Grace.” It is jagged grace that reminds me; reminds all of us that we are never alone. It is a grace that taught me to surrender and fall freely into God’s trusting arms.