Grace Always Bats Last

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I am stung to silence these days but Anne Lamott has put on her big girl panties and spoken and for this I am extraordinarily grateful today:

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just a bit:

“There is no healing in pretending this bizarre violent stuff is not going on, and that there is some cute bumper sticker silver lining. (It is fine if you believe this, but for the love of God, PLEASE keep it to yourself. it will just tense us all up.) What is true is that the world has always been this way, people have always been this way, grace always bats last, it just does–and finally, when all is said and done, and the dust settles, which it does, Love is sovereign here.”

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the full monte here:


“Life has always been this scary here, and we have always been as vulnerable as kittens. Plagues and Visigoths, snakes and schizophrenia; Cain is still killing Abel and nature means that everyone dies. I hate this. It’s too horrible for words. When my son was seven and found out that he and I would not die at the exact same second, he said, crying, “If I had known this, I wouldn’t have agreed to be born.” Don’t you feel like that sometime?
My father’s mother lost a small child in the 1918 flu pandemic. Someone in the family is having a nervous breakdown. A yoga teacher was shot down the road last year by some druggies, while walking on a foot path. A yoga teacher! And then in recent weeks, Orlando, police shooting innocent people, and innocent police officers being shot, and now Nice.
How on Earth do we respond, when we are stunned and scared and overwhelmed, to the point of almost disbelieving?
I wish there was an 800 number we could call to find out, so I could pass this along to my worried Sunday School kids.But no. Yet in the meantime, I know that we MUST respond We must respond with a show of force equal to the violence and tragedies, with love force. Mercy force. Un-negotiated compassion force. Crazy care-giving to the poor and suffering, including ourselves. Patience with a deeply irritating provocative mother. Two dollar bills to the extremely annoying guy at the intersection who you think maybe could be working, or is going to spend your money on beer. Jesus didn’t ask the blind man what he was going to look at after He restored the man’s sight. He just gave hope and sight; He just healed.
To whom can you give hope and sight today. What about to me, and disappointing old you? Radical self-care: healthy food, patience and a friendly tone of voice, lotions on the jiggly things, forgiving pants, lots of sunscreen and snacks. Maybe the random magazine.
Do you have your last computer on the shelf, that you really don’t have time or effort to take to the after-school program in your town–but you are going to do today? Go flirt with the oldest people at the market–tell them you are glad to see them. Voila: Hope and sight.
Remember the guys in the Bible whose friend was paralyzed, but couldn’t get in close to see Jesus preach and heal, so they carried him on a cot, climbed the roof, and lowered him down for the healing? Can a few of you band together–just for today–and carry someone to the healing? To the zen-do? To a meeting? Help a neighbor who is going under, maybe band together to haul their junk to the dump? Shop for sales for a canned food drive at the local temple or mosque? How about three anonymous good deeds?
There is no healing in pretending this bizarre violent stuff is not going on, and that there is some cute bumper sticker silver lining. (It is fine if you believe this, but for the love of God, PLEASE keep it to yourself. it will just tense us all up.) What is true is that the world has always been this way, people have always been this way, grace always bats last, it just does–and finally, when all is said and done, and the dust settles, which it does, Love is sovereign here.”

– Anne Lamott

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6 Responses to “Grace Always Bats Last”

  1. Carrie on July 15th, 2016

    Thank you Cathy for bringing us Anne Lamott.
    I love her and her words.
    My shoulders relaxed a bit after reading her words today.
    Thank you so much for reminding us of her words and your spirit!!

  2. Cara on July 15th, 2016

    Hi Cathy. I just discovered you on YouTube and I am really inspired. First of all, I am really excited to see more of your art. That I have seen is just so beautiful. My husband of 9 months was just diagnosed with PPMS last week. We are both very into art, and we both paint. Anyway, thank you so much for this blog and for your YouTube channel. Honestly I am very afraid, but its new, and its the unknown, and I know it will pass.

    I am going to keep up with your website postings, but in the meantime, I wondered if you have tried anything with your diet. We have started Dr. Terry Wahls paleo plus diet already.

    Thank you for listening. <3

  3. Alexis McNaughton on July 15th, 2016

    So glad you shared this. xx

  4. Adele on July 15th, 2016

    I rented a video at the library here of Annie
    She is a wonderful human
    There is always a circle of light xxx

  5. Jenny on July 15th, 2016

    Oh yes , she is amazing, gifted, such a big open generous heart. You have too-wish you had your power chair back to let you out and back to your Sante Fe community that needs a dose of Em and Cath to raise their spirits . Here it is so cold v cold, but sunny and I look a bit scruffy, but two friends carting me out, and I will have a coffee and not worry about my bladder because they will help me ! Grace lots of itxxxxxx

  6. Pam on July 16th, 2016

    Thank you.

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