The Broken Way: A Daring Path into the Abundant Life
How can it be? When we're naked and ashamed and alone in our brokenness, Christ envelopes us with his intimate grace. When we're rejected and abandoned and shattered beyond wanting, Jesus cups our face, "Come close, my Beloved." When we're dirty and tear-stained and despairing, Jesus Christ proposes undying, dying love: "All that you painfully are and are carrying-I'll take. All that I perfectly am and have-is yours. Just take me." There is a wooing that washes our wounds. Falling into this intimacy with him is the one thing we pray to never recover from. This kind of intimacy can only be tasted and swallowed, and it burns a holy yes through our begging veins. Am I willing to take all that I have, break and give to Him? Because all that He is, He broke and gave to us.
Ann Voskamp is wife of one good farmer, the home-educating mama to a half-dozen exuberant kids, and author of New York Times bestsellers, The Greatest Gift and One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are. Named by Christianity Today as one of 50 women most shaping culture and the church today, and a partner with Compassion International as a global advocate for needy children, Ann's a regular loser of library books, usually has a sink full of soaking pots, sees empty laundry baskets rarer than a blue moon, and believes that the sky and fresh mercy over the farm is large and all is grace. Her blog, one of the Top 10 Christian blogs on the web, has become a daily well for the weary and soul-thirsty: http://www.aholyexperience.com