I am one who from his middle years onward has chosen to believe in grace, by which of course I mean unmerited favor. That the opening of the most famous hymn composed by Thomas Dorsey, the father of gospel music, came to mind strikes me in retrospect as oddly unsurprising, though in my all-white, Vermont Congregational church this is not a hymn much heard:.
Precious Lord, take my hand Lead me on, let me stand I am tired, I am weak, I am worn Through the storm, through the night Lead me on to the light…. Of course, it is a famous hymn, and in its rawness and directness, a perfect product of its tragic occasion. He later spoke of how spontaneously the hymn had come to him: he simply started to sing its words.
Somehow, on hearing those very words within my soul likely in the voice of Mahalia Jackson, who rendered them so movingly at Dr.
I sensed this chiefly because that full-tilt world had abruptly slowed down. Indeed, things now seemed to transpire as if in cinematic slow motion. This was not, perhaps, the greatest instance of grace in my life. That surely occurred when, many years back, I found myself in abiding recovery from alcoholism.
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I had tried and tried to get away from alcohol and in some measure drugs and never succeeded for any length of time. Then some power greater than my puny little will mercifully intervened. Those of us who have found sobriety by way of twelve-step programs frequently recite the so-called Serenity Prayer, attributed to Reinhold Niebuhr: God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and wisdom to know the difference.
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In many ways, these two prayers—one sung, the other recited—voice the same plea for comfort and resolve. To be sure, as with so many similar moments of clarity, I will forget them for stretches of the time left to me, suppressing that sense of calm and deliberation in favor of whatever idle ends I cling to even in professional retirement.
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