Dear GPC Community Members--We would love to introduce you to the well-known, and often quoted author of “A Well Lived Life: Essays in Gestalt Therapy”….
Dr. Sylvia F. Crocker.
Sylvia was gracious enough to allow us to share some of her essay writings with you. The first is titled:
Bumper Sticker: "Grace Happens!"
By Sylvia F. Crocker
The bumper sticker reminds us that “grace” is a verb, not simply a noun. Grace is a free gift that God gives us (the noun), but the gift God gives is himself, God’s transforming presence in our lives (the verb). For years I heard sermon after sermon exhorting me and others to follow the teachings and the example of Jesus. After I became a serious Christian in my early 20’s I tried really hard to live up to these expectations—but I couldn’t do it. And so for years I lived with feelings of guilt and hopelessness about ever being able to be a “true Christian.” But then I finally “got it,” that Christianity is not about self-salvation through our own moral efforts; it is about the Resurrection, about God’s redeeming love of the entire world and everything in it, including me.
As God has taught me to walk (falteringly) with him he has also brought about changes in my thoughts, feelings and actions. And even though I still have to walk the way of the Cross, repenting and starting anew again and again, I can see how God continues to work miraculous changes in my life. He has also helped me recognize his hand at work in all kinds of situations and in the lives of people I know and hear about.
I feel blessed and amazed in realizing that Christianity is a religion of miracles--it is about God's Presence-With-Us, full of transforming grace, power, and love.