Daily Word of Grace: October 26, 2020

One of my favorite songs from the 90’s is by singer-songwriter Shawn Mullins-a Georgia native: a song of hope called “Lullaby.”  As a youth minister driving vanloads of teenagers on overnight trips, I was always asked to crank up the volume for this song.  It is about a daughter of unnamed Hollywood celebrities.  In spite of her wealth she feels alone, disillusioned and disconnected: “She grew up with the children of the stars in the Hollywood hills and the boulevards.  Her parents threw big parties.  Everyone was there.  They hung out with folks like Dennis Hopper and Bob Seger and Sonny and Cher…She still lives with her mom outside the city down that street about a half a mile.  And all her friends tell her she’s so pretty, but she’d be a whole lot prettier if she smiled once in a while.  ‘Cause even her smile looks like a frown.  She’s seen her share of devils in this angel town.”  And yet the chorus is a simple, to-the-point comforting lullaby: “And just before she hangs her head to cry, I sing to her a lullaby: Everything’s gonna be all right.  Rock-a-bye, rock-a-bye.  Everything’s gonna be all right.”  That’s the gospel.  In spite of whatever it may be that has you, like the girl in the song-alone, disillusioned and disconnected, whose “smile looks like a frown”-God’s grace is still greater than all that.  God will work everything out for your good (Romans 8:28) so that indeed, in the end, “everything’s gonna be alright.”

Love and Prayers,