The Reality of Grace
“Ḥesed is the disposition of one person toward another that surpasses ordinary kindness and friendship; it is the inclination of the heart to express “amazing grace” to the one who is loved” Dictionary of the Old Testament: Pentateuch
“Charis is most often used to refer to some form of heavenly favor shown to the human race…to indicate the heavenly grace from God that incorporates people into the community of the redeemed and empowers them. Dictionary of the Later N.T. and its Developments
How will I live out ‘the hope of grace’ this week?
Stories from the Street: How did you live out ‘the hope of grace’?
What happens when hope becomes reality?
You know what disturbs me most about Jeffrey Dahmer?
What disturbs me most are not his acts, though they are disgusting. Dahmer was convicted of seventeen murders. Eleven corpses were found in his apartment. He cut off arms. He ate body parts. My thesaurus has 204 synonyms for vile, but each falls short of describing a man who kept skulls in his refrigerator and hoarded a human heart. He redefined the boundary for brutality. The Milwaukee monster dangled from the lowest rung of human conduct and then dropped. But that’s not what troubles me most.
Can I tell you what troubles me most about Jeffrey Dahmer? Not his trial, as disturbing as it was, with all those pictures of him sitting serenely in court, face frozen, motionless. No sign of remorse, no hint of regret. Remember his steely eyes and impassive face? But I don’t speak of him because of his trial. There is another reason. Can I tell you what really troubles me about Jeffrey Dahmer?
Not his punishment, though life without parole is hardly an exchange for his actions. How many years would satisfy justice? A lifetime in jail for every life he took? But that’s another matter, and that’s not what troubles me most about Jeffrey Dahmer. May I tell you what does?