Grace upon grace...
One of my favorite U2 songs is "Grace" from the "All You Couldn't Leave Behind" CD. My Tucson band used to do a killer version of this back in the day and it still speaks volumes to me every time I listen to it. Take a listen and maybe you'll dig it, too.
Today in the midst of working on Sunday's message - and prayer and study - I got a totally spontaneous blessing - grace - from someone who doesn't know me but knew one of my dear old friends - my mentor - Ray Swartzback. And here's what is so sweet: he sent me a pix of Swartzy. Ray was my mentor in urban ministry back in NYC and we stayed friends and buds for all those years after seminary until he was taken back home after an illness I didn't know about.
I had written about Ray just because he touched my heart - and first I heard from one of his daughters - and then others - some grandchildren, too. And now from Ray's neighbor who sent me a picture. I am a blessed man... and I give Matt great thanks for his generosity and kindness. So here it is... a picture of Ray - one of my deepest encounters with God's grace - ever! Swartzy walked the walk... loved us all the best he could... and gave us hope and trust to believe that sometimes we could live into our best selves. And when we couldn't, God's grace was bigger than our shit! One of the saints.