“Giving…is the air into which we were born. It is the action that was designed into us before our birth.

Giving is the way the world is. God gives himself. He also gives away everything that is. He makes no exceptions for any of us.

We are given away to our families, to our neighbors, to our friends, to our enemies- to the nations. Our life is for others.

That is the way creation works.

Some of us try desperately to hold on to ourselves…afraid to risk ourselves on the untried wings of giving…and the longer we wait the less time we have for the soaring and swooping life of grace.”

Eugene H. Peterson, Run with the Horses: The Quest for Life at Its Best p.43;

Quoted by Carolyn Custis James in The Gospel of Ruth p.170


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