Daily Word of Grace (July 30, 2020)

Daily Word of Grace # 98 (July 30, 2020) One of the most beautiful (and relatable) collects in The Book of Common Prayer is this: “O God, whose glory it is always to have mercy: Be gracious to all who have gone astray from your ways, and bring them again with penitent...

Daily Word of Grace (June 29, 2020)

Daily Word of Grace # 97 (July 29, 2020) One of the best known poems of the nineteenth century American poet Walt Whitman (1819-1892) is entitled “Song of Myself.”  It is divided into fifty-two sections (perhaps to match the fifty-two weeks of a year) and throughout...

Daily Word of Grace (July 28, 2020)

Daily Word of Grace # 96 (July 28, 2020) On their 1992 album Automatic for the People REM has a comforting song called “Everybody Hurts” that goes right to the heart.  Lead singer Michael Stipe sings, “When your day is long and the night, the night is yours alone. ...

Daily Word of Grace (July 27, 2020)

Daily Word of Grace # 95 (July 27, 2020) In his moving and evocative 2007 book Love is a Mix Tape: Life and Loss, One Song at a Time Rob Sheffield writes about the tragic unexpected death of his wife Renee.  They had been married five years when she died of a...

Daily Word of Grace (July 24, 2020)

Daily Word of Grace # 94 (July 24, 2020) Many consider James Joyce’s 1922 novel Ulysses as one of the greatest novels of the twentieth century.  It is a brilliant though difficult book for sure, but full of insights into the human condition, like this one: “There are...

Daily Word of Grace (July 23, 2020)

Daily Word of Grace # 93 (July 23, 2020) The moving Broadway musical Hamilton is about Alexander Hamilton (1755-1804).  It includes a song called “Unimaginable” that is sung late in the play after Alexander Hamilton has been found out about his extramarital affair and...