Anne Lamott is one of my favorite authors; I discovered her through friends in SC my first year living there...we all delved (?) into this Jesus-loving, liberally-mind, witty, funny, intelligent woman who had a way and a knack for words. So even though I don't always agree with her every thought, I'm a follower nonetheless. I'm committed to the institution of Annie L. From Grace (Eventually): Thoughts on Faith, here are a few favorite lines:
"...suffer, breathe, pray, play, cry and try to help people. There was meaning in pain; it taught you how to survive with a modicum of grace when you did not get what you wanted."
"Sometimes grace is a ribbon of mountain air that gets in through the cracks."
"I sat on the couch and glanced slowly around in a goofy, menacing way, and then said, "is anyone here wearing a blue sweatshirt with Pokemon on it?" The four-year-old looked down at his chest, astonished to discover that he matched this description - like, What are the odds? He raised his hand. "Come over here to the couch," I said. "You are so loved, and so chosen." He clutched at himself like a beauty pageant finalist. Then I asked if anyone that day was wearing green socks with brown shoes, a Giants cap, an argyle vest? EAch of them turned out to be loved and chosen, which does not happen so often... My Jesuit friend Tom once told me that this is a good exercise because in truth, everyone is loved and chosen, even Dick Cheney, even Saddam Hussein. That God loves them, because God loves."
and just one more....
"Sometimes grace works like water wings when you feel you are sinking."