Grace in the Cracks of Everything

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Ring the bells that still can ring

Forget your perfect offering

There is a crack in everything

That’s how the light gets in.

–Leonard Cohen

This month in America, as we celebrate our country’s birth, I can’t help but think about the big crack in the Liberty Bell. It seems the right metaphor for our cracked nation. Our beloved patriotic songs catch in our throats as the fissures that divide us grow deeper and the gash in our democracy grows worrisome and the sense of decency we once took for granted becomes fractured on a daily basis. Our ability to face the enormity of the crack and to cry hot tears into its depth is part of what it means to be fully human; but that’s not the whole story, as the late Leonard Cohen reminds us.

Cohen would offer, in his inimitable way, the upside of the crack: the light that gets in. We could name it grace—that pure light streaming through the cracks of imperfection, helping us catch vivid glimpses of something greater than our brokenness. . . .

 . . . . The rest of this essay called “G is for Grace” can be found at Spirituality & Practice, and also at Open Horizons. 

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4 thoughts on “Grace in the Cracks of Everything

  1. Beautiful Patricia! This 4th of July, it seems like our nation is in a blue funk because of this crazy upside down year. Thank you for this good reminder, that the cracks allow grace and light to get through. Brenda Warren

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  2. Thank you Patricia,
    A most timely and appropriate post. I have read it more than once and have shared it with another. Once again, thank you.
    Robert.

    Sent from my iPhone

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