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Bishop Beckwith's Blog: Signs of God's Grace

Bishop Beckwith's Blog: Signs of God's Grace

The Rt. Rev. Mark M. Beckwith
10th Bishop of Newark (2007-2018)

Grace happens. All the time. Grace is God's gift to us. The signs of God's grace are abundant. Some are dramatic. Many at first glance seem mundane. All are potentially life transforming.

God created us, but God was not – and is not, finished with creating. God keeps showing up. God is very much at work. Our job as God's creatures, is to pay attention to God's grace. And to join with God in God's work.

January 24, 2013
Several years ago a good friend sent me a poem by Rumi, a 12th century Sufi (Muslim) mystic. He sent it because he knew I was going through a rough...
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
January 21, 2013
Lots of gratitude today. Gratitude for the inauguration, when we demonstrate to ourselves and to the world that democracy continues to be a...
Finding an opening to say “thank you”
January 21, 2013
For me, Epiphany is looking beyond the membrane that separates the earth from heaven; looking beyond and seeing God’s glory. Sometimes that membrane...
Giving it over to God - a shift of 8%
January 18, 2013
Praying for help is not so much an exercise in going deeper into something, Anne Lamott suggests, but giving it over. "Praying 'help' means that we...
Generosity and healing
January 15, 2013
Anne Lamott tells us that being generous is the ultimate healing (page 21 Help Thanks Wow). I have been thinking a lot about that. I may quibble over...
Imagination is from God
January 12, 2013
“Imagination is from God,” Anne Lamott writes in Help Thanks Wow. (Page 21.) Imagination is of grace. “I think it is okay to imagine God and grace...
January 9, 2013
Anne Lamott invites us into the depth of human experience. And sometimes, she indicates, it is not hard to get there, especially when all hell breaks...
The Magi
January 6, 2013
Today, the Feast of the Epiphany, commemorates the gifts given to the infant king by the Three Wise Men. They came a long way to leave their gifts –...
Newtown, CT
December 14, 2012
Sometimes darkness arrives at 9:30 in the morning. A huge, horrific darkness that has covered the whole country, if not the world. Twenty-six...
"Help Thanks Wow: The Three Essential Prayers" by Anne Lamott
December 11, 2012
As we're continuing the season of Advent and all the preparations for Christmas, I invite you to look ahead with me to next year to the Epiphany...