Around Price Lake 2016 28 – Julian Price Memorial Park, Blue Ridge Parkway, Blowing Rock, North Carolina, October 17, 2016
Grace is a two-way street.
Grace-and-kindness is a two-way street.
You can’t have one without the other.
Grace is kindness.
Kindness is grace.
said the old theologian,
which is the only kind of benevolence.
What is benevolence that is earned,
“Hey! Where’s my benevolence here?”
It isn’t benevolence if it is earned,
There is no grace or kindness
in being given what we’ve earned.
That’s just good business.
It takes more than good business
to make the world run.
It takes grace-and-kindness.
We are saved by grace-and-kindness.
So is the savior.
Moved and mover save/serve each other
They bless each other
for no reason.
Moved becomes mover,
mover becomes moved,
There is no “unmoved mover.”
We are all moved.
To be incapable of being moved
is to be dead.
Beyond the reach of grace-and-kindness.
The parent graces the child with kindness.
The child graces the parent with kindness.
Nobody escapes the wonder of grace-and-kindness.
Except those who are dead.
To be alive is to be alive to–
and moved by–
the wonder of
As we extend it and receive it.
To be incapable of extending
is to be incapable of receiving it.
That is to be dead
in the worst sense of the term.
Dead beyond hope of resurrection.
Alive without the hope of life.
Where does grace-and-kindness end
and love begin?
You cannot find that line,
though you search for it
with microscope and tweezers.
People who say, “I love you,”
without being gracious and kind
are people who want the words
to produce the magic
they are incapable of giving
Being loved and being loving
are the same thing,
brought to life by grace-and-kindness–
a miracle of life and being.
If you are going to be anything
be gracious and kind.
Even to those who cannot return the favor.
And will hate you for it.
Some people are beyond
We can extend grace-and-kindness to them
but we cannot receive it for them.
They have to do some things
We separate ourselves
by our capacity for,
and response to,
It is what makes us human,