Grace strikes us when . . .

“Grace strikes us when we are in great pain and restlessness.
It strikes us when we walk through the dark valley of a meaningless
and empty life. It strikes us when our disgust for our own being,
our indifference, our weakness, our hostility, and our lack of
direction and composure have become intolerable to us.
It strikes us when, year after year, the longed-for perfection
of life does not appear, when the old compulsions reign within
us as they have for decades, when despair destroys all joy and
courage. Sometimes at that moment a wave of light breaks
into our darkness, and it is as though a voice were saying:
“You are accepted.”  ― Paul Tillich

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