By Frederick Buechner

With attribute eloquence and perception, Buechner offers a three-part sequence of reflections that probe, in the course of the process sooner or later, the innermost mysteries of existence. mixing an artist's eye for natureal attractiveness, the genuine that means of human encounters, and the importance of occurances (momentous or seemly trival), with a wealth of private, literacy, biblical, and religious insights, he bargains a matchless chance for readers to find the hidden knowledge that may be gleaned via a heightened event of lifestyle.

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Think of not knowing what life is and then finding out: a book suddenly learning how to read; a rock jutting out into the sea suddenly knowing the thump and splatter of the waves, the taste of salt. You are alive. It needn’t have been so. It wasn’t so once, and it will not be so forever. But it is so now. And what is it like: to be alive in this maybe one place of all places anywhere where life is? Live a day of it and see. Take any day and be alive in it. Nobody claims that it will be entirely painless, but no matter.

The people, the ones you love and the ones who bore you to death, all the life you have in you to live with them, if you do not live it with them today will never be lived. It is the first day because it has never been before and the last day because it will never be again. Be alive if you can all through this day today of your life. What’s to be done? What’s to be done? Follow your feet. Put on the coffee. Start the orange juice, the bacon, the toast. Then go wake up your children and your wife.

It is fitting that the first place our feet should take us is the water closet. Poor, bare, forked animals that we are, never more truly humble, more cut down to size, more helplessly ourselves than here in the jakes amid the smells of our own mor- 26 / The Alphabet of Grace tality, we empty ourselves of the refuse of the day before, we are cleansed of the waste of yesterday. We are no longer now what we were then because in between we have lain insensate in the dark, a cousin to tables and chairs, and dreams have happened, and we have conversed with the dead.

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