Song of the South: Smoke and Sparks, Til I’m Too Old To Die Young

Southern literature, according to Flannery O’Connor, paints a picture of a “Christ-haunted landscape”.  I find traditional southern music and literature richly describes the vulnerability and weakness we are discussing in reflecting on Psalm 103’s description of us all as dust and ashes.

One song in this tradition which I think of often during my work as a hospice chaplain is Grant Lee Phillips’ “Smoke and Sparks”.  Another is “Til I’m Too Old to Die Young”  Both beautifully pictures to me both the fragility and vulnerability we carry in our lives, and also the enduring all-surrounding grace that surrounds our days offering hope that such vulnerability is not the final word — both of which Psalm 103 points us toward.  May it bless you today!





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