Daily Word of Grace June 19, 2020

Daily Word of Grace # 69 (June 19, 2020) In her moving 2018 song “You Say” contemporary Christian singer Lauren Daigle describes something with which all of us struggle: “I keep fighting voices in my mind that say I’m not enough, every single lie that tells me I will...

Daily Word of Grace June 18, 2020

Daily Word of Grace # 68 (June 18, 2020) One of my favorite writers is the acclaimed Southern Gothic master Flannery O’Connor (1925-1964) from Milledgeville, Georgia, where she lived at Andalusia Farm the last twelve years of her life.  Several years ago I visited...

Daily Word of Grace June 17, 2020

Daily Word of Grace # 67 (June 17, 2020) The opening of the late David Foster Wallace’s short story “Good Old Neon” (from his 2004 book Oblivion) reads: “My whole life I’ve been a fraud.  I’m not exaggerating.  Pretty much all I’ve ever done all the time is try to...

Daily Word of Grace June 16, 2020

Daily Word of Grace # 66 (June 16, 2020) As a kid I loved the 1970’s CBS classic TV show The Incredible Hulk, starring Bill Bixby as Dr. David Banner, who under extreme stress would be transformed into the Incredible Hulk, played by Lou Ferrigno.  My friends and I had...

Daily Word of Grace June 15, 2020

Daily Word of Grace # 65 (June 15, 2020) One of the many amazing songs on Carole King’s 1971 masterpiece album Tapestry (which won the Grammy for Album of the Year) is a high octane gospel song for those in need of a friend, a song that won the Grammy for Song of the...

Daily Word of Grace June 12, 2020

Daily Word of Grace #64 (June 12, 2020) In his moving 1997 memoir Tuesdays with Morrie Mitch Albom recounts the conversations he had with Morrie Schwartz, his beloved sociology professor from Brandeis University.  As Morrie was dying of ALS, every Tuesday morning...

Daily Word of Grace June 11, 2020

Daily Word of Grace #63 (June 11, 2020) One of the Old Testament prophecies of Zechariah includes this gem, “Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, says the Lord of hosts” (Zechariah 4:6).  There are areas or circumstances or challenges in each of our lives...

Daily Word of Grace June 10, 2020

Daily Word of Grace #62 (June 10, 2020) In the 2017 film Star Wars: Episode VIII—The Last Jedi, Yoda reminds Luke Skywalker of something he already knew but had forgotten (something all of us know but tend to forget), “Failure is the greatest teacher”—or in...

Daily Word of Grace June 9, 2020

Daily Word of Grace #61 (June 9, 2020) In John Steinbeck’s brilliant 1952 novel East of Eden, he poignantly describes the ongoing effects of the deep wound of childhood rejection: “The greatest terror a child can have is that he is not loved, and rejection is the hell...

Daily Word of Grace June 8,2020

Daily Word of Grace #60 (June 8, 2020) I will never forget the first time I heard U2’s hit “New Year’s Day” (from their album War) on the radio in early 1983 when I was in 8th grade.  I was mesmerized, and little did I know I would be a U2 fan for the next several...