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Posted by on Nov 17, 2008

Paul Tillich on Grace – Quote of the Day

Paul Tillich on Grace – Quote of the Day

Autumn leaf color - Image from wikimedia
Autumn leaf color – Image from wikimedia

This reflection comes courtesy of Theologika trustee Terry Hershey, quoting theologian Paul Tillich.

“Grace strikes us when we are in great pain and restlessness.
It strikes us when we walk through the dark valley of a meaningless and empty life.
It strikes us when, year after year, the longed-for perfection does not appear, when the old compulsions reign within us as they have for decades, when despair destroys all joy and courage.
Sometime at that moment a wave of light breaks into our darkness, and it is as though a voice were saying, “You are accepted. You are accepted, accepted by that which is greater than you, and the name of which you do not know.
Do not ask for the name now; perhaps you will find it later.
Do not try to do anything now; perhaps later you will do much.
Do not seek for anything, do not perform anything, do not intend anything.
Simply accept the fact that you are accepted.
If that happens to us, we experience grace.”

Paul Tillich

May grace reach into your life and surpise you today and always. Amen.


  1. I love this quote. Thank you!

  2. Can you tell me what book this is from? Heard it quoted by Rob Bell from Mars Hill and it blew me away: I’d like to read more from this guy. Hope you can help

  3. Thanks for your note. The quote is from a collection of Tillich’s sermons entitled “The Shaking of the Foundations.”

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