Published July 22, 2022 by Nan Mykel

…Or was it a millipede?  Poor thing, he didn’t have a choice as to how many legs he was born with.  For unscientific reasons I am afraid of those many-legged creatures..  If I was a good Christian I might feel guilt, but I still do.  There but for the grace of God go I discussion as follows from How to Get to Heaven and other Google results:

The origin of the saying there but for the grace of God go I is unknown, but it has been in use since at least the 1700s. It is sometimes shortened to there but for the grace of God or but for the grace of God.

However it is expressed, there but for the grace of God go I is a statement of humility and gratitude that acknowledges one’s own sinful nature and the need for God’s grace. One of the earliest attributions of the saying is to John Bradford, an English Reformer, who supposedly said it as he watched people led to execution for their crimes. In a sense he was saying, “That could have been me but for God’s grace.”….

In a way, the attitude of “there but for the grace of God go I” is an antidote to judgmentalism. When we see someone who is down and out, who is suffering hardship, or who is reaping unpleasant consequences, we can respond in two basic ways. We can say, “He deserves it and should have made better choices,” or we can say, “There but for the grace of God go I.” The first response is what Job’s three friends ultimately chose; the second response shows empathy as we acknowledge the kindness of God toward us and extend that kindness to the one in trouble.

HEY, NO FAIR?  I can’t turn all preachy when I’m an agnostic?  Just watch me!  A centipede or millipede?  Was he baptized?  But didn’t Jesus say something about blessing a sparrow, tho I can’t remember just where–One might say about our former president, “There but for the grace of God go I…?”  Doesn’t mean you wouldn’t get washed down the sink, but it would be with empathy.

NEWSFLASH: Someone has suggested we solve homelessness by shooting the homeless.  It’s being described as a joke, but funny ha-ha?  (It was Joe Rogan on his podcast), according to Google and many others.)

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