Grace (Jeff Buckley)

A Sunday devotional with a difference today, as it coincides with the anniversary of the death of singer Jeff Buckley in 1997 (25 years ago in 2022).

On this day (29 May 1997) Jeff Buckley died in a tragic swimming accident in the Mississippi River. He’s remembered for his classic 1994 album Grace that includes the definitive cover version of Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah.

It’s not a Christian album, although it does have Christian elements and references, including a song entitled Grace and a carol. Having said that, many would describe it as spiritual in a general sense, and I want to focus on the song Hallelujah.

As a Christian, it saddens me when I see expressions of Christianity that are unloving, uncaring, judgemental, and strident. Having said that, I don’t claim to be perfect, and I identify with the brokenness in Hallelujah. To me it represents the imperfect human world in which my faith must be effective if it’s to be authentic.

Hallelujah is full of biblical references and has a depth of meaning. It’s about death and life, sorrow and triumph, earthliness and transcendence, as well a brokenness that still has the strength to cry hallelujah, even though sometimes a broken hallelujah.

All human life is here and it can speak to us in times of doubt and struggle.

May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all. 2 Corinthians 13:14

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