Friday, June 17, 2011

Swimming in the Unforced Rhythms of Grace

A couple weeks ago I wrote about Learning to Pray in the Bathroom.  I had no idea that on that very day our community would begin a journey in which praying, "I don't know what you're doing but I'm sure it will be great because everything you've done so far has been beautiful" would become a lifeline.  I didn't know that I would be learning that lesson just in time to live it in a very big way.

I was chatting with a friend about some of that stuff and marveling over how God is already growing beauty out of the ashes of a very difficult situation.  I said, "...and there is grace enough to go swimming in."  My friend replied, "An ocean.  And we're drowning."  And that immediately brought to mind some lyrics from the hymn that I walked down the aisle to.

Underneath me, all around me, is the current of Thy love
Leading onward, leading homeward to Thy glorious rest above!

I spent a bit of time yesterday afternoon watching all the YouTube videos I could find of this song and letting the truth of it's words and the beauty of it's melody wash over my heart and mind.  I'm still feeling peaceful and floaty from it, as if I really have been bobbing along on a current of glorious love, which of course, I have been!  And so I thought I'd share one of my favorite versions from yesterday in case some of you also need the reminder that grace is unfathomable.  It is too deep to be measured.  It stretches so much further than our eyes can ever hope to see.  It propels us forward into the arms of the One who knows all things and who will make everything right.


  1. how to respond? this ministers to me so deeply. speaks so beautifully to the struggles of my heart today. i will be playing this again. and again. thank you, jeana.

  2. Wow! And then we sang it at church. That's pretty cool. Jeff and I have had it in our heads all the live long day, and now here it is on your blog. Beautiful.


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