Tuesday, June 3, 2008


A scene in the movie Grand Canyon shows a vivid portrayal of the action of grace in our lives, and the interdependence we all take for granted. Mack (Kevin Kline) stands on a busy corner waiting for the light to change. When the WALK sign illuminates, he steps off the curb to cross. Just then a city bus runs the light, thundering through the intersection. A woman behind Mack senses the danger. She grabs the tiny loop on Mack's shirt, jerking him backward as the bus barrels past inches from his face. Then, as if nothing happened, the nameless, anonymous woman who just saved Mack's life skips away.
It's true that the universe does provide, but it's equally true that we are often the universe, providing grace and meaning to each other.

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