Presupposition of grace

To paraphrase yesterday’s post about grace, in more modern language: How would life be if we presupposed a Universe of grace? Presupposition means “something tacitly assumed beforehand at the beginning of a course of action.” What if everyone tacitly assumed that the Universe is bathed in grace (i.e., unmerited favor)? Rather than trying to assess or judge each person’s relative value, what if we assumed everyone has infinite value?

What if we expect the best from each other? What if we look at ourselves and others through the lens of grace? What if we assume everyone has an inner wholeness, a potential for good that may not yet be discovered?

Much of religion has focused on what’s broken, rather than on what’s whole. Psalm 130 is a refreshing departure from that pattern. It presupposes grace. Imagine ancient Jewish mourners singing as they walk to the cemetery for a burial: “If you, Lord, kept a record of sins, Lord, who could stand? But with you there is forgiveness, so that we can, with reverence, serve you.” The presupposition is that God doesn’t keep score. That’s liberating!

From Northern Ireland Chaplains Online

3 thoughts on “Presupposition of grace”

    1. From Wikipedia: The Parable of the Lost Sheep is one of the parables of Jesus. It appears in the Gospels of Matthew (Matthew 18:12–14) and Luke (Luke 15:3–7). It is about a shepherd who leaves his flock of ninety-nine sheep in order to find the one which is lost.

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