Our Best Moments Have Been Mostly Grotesque Parodies

There is little that we can point to in our lives as deserving anything but God’s wrath.  Our best moments have been mostly grotesque parodies.  Our best loves have been almost always blurred with selfishness and deceit.  But there is something to which we can point.  Not anything that we ever did or were, but something that was done for us by another. Not our own lives, but the life of one who died in our behalf and yes is still alive.  This is our only glory and our only hope.  And the sound that it makes is the sound of excitement and gladness and laughter that floats through the night air from a great banquet.

– Fredrick Buechner

as quoted by Horton, Michael; The Gospel Driven Life: Being Good News People in a Bad News World; Baker Books; Grand Rapids, MI; Copyright 2009; page 243

A Love that Conquers the World

The love for equals is a human thing – of friend for friend, brother for brother.  It is to love what is loving and lovely.  The world smiles.  The love for the less fortunate is a beautiful thing – the love for those who suffer, for those who are poor, the sick, the failures, the unlovely.  This is compassion, and it teaches the heart of the world.  The love for the more fortunate is a rare thing – to love those who succeed where we fail, to rejoice without envy with those who rejoice, to love of the poor for the rich, of the black man for the white man.  The world is always bewildered by its saints.  And then there is the love for the enemy – love for the ones who does not love you but mocks, threatens and inflicts pain.  The tortured’s love for the torturer.  This is God’s love.  It conquers the world.

– Frederick Buechner

as quoted by Francis Chan, Crazy Love: Overwhelmed by a Relentless God, copyright 2008, page 133

The Contrary Nature in Which We Live Our Lives

Intellectually we all know that we will die, but we do not really know it in the sense that the knowledge becomes a part of us.  We do not really know it in the sense of living as though it were true.  On the contrary we tend to live as though our lives would go on forever.

– Fredrick Buechner

as quoted by Francis Chan, Crazy Love: Overwhelmed by a Relentless God, copyright 2008, page 40