The other day I was watching our daughter play with her brothers. My beautiful little girl has hit an age where we’re all deftly aware of how fleeting her moods are. One moment she’s giggling and full of light and love and the next she’s full of rage, a dark mood suddenly befalling our house!

To be honest, I’m truly baffled by it. Although I grew up with sisters, I have never really gotten a handle on the drama. Truth be told, I’m terrible at managing it. Give me a financial catastrophe over a prepubescent girl crisis anyday!

Most often I just throw up my hands and leave the room. It’s safer that way!

I bring this up because although we are surrounded by fleeting moods and changing times, we do have one constant, one abiding North Star in our lives– God. That’s why this summer, I chose “The Ragamuffin Gospel” as our book club selection. We are in desperate need of Unchanging, Unaltering Grace. We have forgotten that each one of us, no matter where we sit, are ragamuffins in God’s eyes–bedraggled and sinful and needing a cupful of grace.

In The Ragamuffin Gospel, Brennan Manning reassures that God “is not moody or capricious: He know no seasons of change. He has a single relentless stance toward us: He loves us. He is the only God man has ever heard of who loves sinners. False gods–the gods of human manufacturing–despise sinners, but the Father of Jesus loves all, no matter what the do.”

This is reassuring. Just as I love my daughter, regardless of her passing moods, Jesus loves me regardless of my frailties and weaknesses. “Jesus came not for the super-spiritual but for the wobbly and the weak-kneed who know they don’t have it all together, and who are not too proud to accept the handout of amazing grace.”

If this sound like you, you are in luck, the good news… the really good news is the gospel of grace, and this summer we’re going to RSVP and delve into it and find out what that really means to each of us!