One of my mom’s favorite sayings growing up was, “There but for the grace of God go you.” which she uttered when seeing someone in unfortunate conditions. As I got older, I became troubled by the phrase. Would a loving God really withhold his grace from someone casting them into misfortune? It’s an act that just feels petty. He was born a pure and beautiful child without a blemish on his soul. Why would God choose him to not be a recipient of grace? Is this passed out drunk man being punished for the sins of his parents? Or is it simply a series of choices that led him to this moment? I am uncomfortable being associated with a God that impose petty choices on his flock.