A collection of inspirational videos and text featuring America’s finest religious thinkers, stories of personal faith, and reflections on spiritual topics, gathered from television broadcasts of 30 Good Minutes, a weekly multifaith program in Chicago.
In his message, Amazing Grace, the late Dr. Lewis Smedes, former Professor of Theology at Fuller Theological Seminary, says that God's grace may come to us in very unexpected ways. Grace is God’s desire to turn things that we feel are all wrong into something that’s very right.
The Rev. Dr. Lewis Smedes served as an ordained minister in the Christian Reformed Church and was Professor of Theology at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California, for many years. He authored numerous books, including Forgive and Forget and Caring and Commitment, as well as articles in publications like Christianity Today and the Reformed Journal.
This archived 30 Good Minutes broadcast was first broadcast in November 2002.
Reflection on Grace by Rabbi Karyn Kedar
When I was a little girl there was a game I used to always play on the playground. I used to pretend that I was a wild mustang running back and forth, yearning to be free with the wind blowing through my mane. I loved this game and I had a sense of personal belonging and freedom during it. One particular day, the softball team that always played in the field next to me turned around, started to mock me, started to neigh, started to laugh at me. This moment when I felt so disconnected from whom I really was, of not belonging, stayed with me my whole life.
For some reason I was teaching Sunday morning Bible class and I told this story to my class. After I told the story, a hush fell onto the room and I thought, “Why did I tell this story? Had I disclosed too much? It was too personal.”
Two weeks later, they brought me a small present: a beautifully wrapped box. I lifted the lid to the box and out of the box came a beautiful silver pin of wild mustangs. They looked at me and they said, “You told that story about who it was you used to be and who it is that you have become, yearning to be free, creative, running, feeling that you belonged out into the world. And when you told that story, we understood in our own lives that we need to embrace who it is that we are, the painful memories as well as the good memories, and in embracing that, become who we were always meant to be.” Another hush fell onto the room. But this time it wasn’t one of embarrassment. It was one of grace. It was a feeling that God’s love was all around us and within us. It was the feeling that we were connected to our past, to our future and to one another. Grace: the feeling that you are at love and at one with God and God’s universe.