Sunday, January 9, 2011

And grace will lead me home.

There was a romantic, almost melancholy quality to his voice, where every song he sang had a hint of lovely sadness underneath.

While walking down my train terminal the other day, I heard this particular busker singing and playing Amazing Grace on his guitar.

I was in a hurry so the only line I heard was, "And grace will lead me home."

"And grace will lead me home."
Markers and ink pens in Moleskine journal - (NFS)

In the previous Crazy Journal entry, a fellow blogger suggested I do another piece, this time with my burdens placed within the cross because Christ died and suffered for us.

This is what came from that idea.

Close-up detail

Offering up words I'm all too familiar with--in hopes His grace will show me the way.....

"Amazing grace! How sweet the sound
That saved a wretch like me!
I once was lost but now I'm found,
Was blind but now I see.

'Twas grace that taught my heart to fear,
And grace my fears relieved.
How precious did that grace appear
The hour I first believed!

Through many dangers, toils, and snares
I have already come.
'Tis grace hath brought me safe thus far
And grace will lead me home."


Unknown said...

Love it! Who can't relate to this. Thanks for the link for the definition of a busker. Now I know how to refer to them properly. I'm proud you picked up what appeared to be a little inspirational angel dust in the middle of your commute.

AC said...

I love your creativity and this song always soothes the soul.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for sharing! I hope through grace peace rests in your soul.


k said...

I love it I love it I love it. There's a new version of amazing grace, don't know if you are familiar with it it or not, but they added a chorus,
"my chains are gone, I've been set free. My God my Saviour has ransomed me. And like a flood, His mercy rains, unending love, Amazing Grace."
He has never stopped loving you. He has already paid the price to set you free. He loves you. Believe that and live in freedom my friend..

Melancholy State said...

You forgot one.....

"When we've been there ten thousand years,
bright shining as the sun
we've no less days to sing God's praise
than when we first begun."

But I rather think that you would love an old old hymn right now too, I would sing it for you, but alas, no voice via comments LOL.

"I don't know about tomorrow
I just live from day to day
I don't borrow from it's sunshine
for it's skies may turn to gray
I don't worry o'er the future
for I know what Jesus said
and today he walks beside me
for he knows what lies ahead

Many things about tomorrow
I don't seem to understand
but I know who holds tomorrow
and I know who holds my hand

I don't know about tomorrow
it may bring me poverty
but the one who feeds the sparrow
is the one who stands by me
And the path that be my portion
may be through the flame or flood
but his presence goes before me
and I'm covered with his blood

many things about tomorrow
I don't seem to understand
but I know who holds tomorrow
and I know who holds my hand.

Every step is getting brighter
as the golden stairs I climb
every burden's getting lighter
every cloud is silver lined
There the sun is always shining
there no tear will dim the eye
at the ending of the rainbow
where the mountains touch the sky.

many things about tomorrow
I don't seem to understand
but I know who holds tomorrow
and I know who holds my hand.

Anyway, thought you needed that.

naturgesetz said...

It may take time, but I hope you'll be able to leave those negative feelings on the cross and live in the joy that comes from knowing that he suffered and died for us. Let him show you the way. He loves you so much.

n.lea. said...

this is so beautiful and touching! I think putting all the burdens in the cross was a great idea. it shows the magnitude of the price one man paid.

absolutely beautiful


AutumnBoy said...

Hey Dean,

how moving, love the journal art and Amazing Grace is a favorite of mine, thanks for posting, a spot of light in my dreary existence


RS said...

I quite like the artwork. It's very creative and you can never go wrong with happy colours.

The Cool Cookie said...

Its beautiful.

Thanks for considering my idea - makes me smile to see it come to fruition!

blue roses said...

I love this so much! I really like the cross a LOT. Awesome!!

Carolyn Lackey said...

I am a 53 year old housewife in Lubbock, TX. I saw your blog listed as a Blog of Note, and I've been hooked ever since. My son, Jonathan, lives in Chicago. He is at CCC majoring in audio arts and acoustics.

My blog is called "Finding the Funny." (

I told Jonathan just yesterday that I intend to send you some sort of Art Mail. It will be rather rudimentary, to say the least.

Thanks for the sweet words, "And, grace will lead me home." Comforting at the end of a long day.
Carolyn Lackey

Jodie | Velour said...

...and so it shall.

Dean Grey said...


Yeah, I once saw a TV show about buskers. That's how I found out about the term.



Why thank you!



You are quite welcome!


The Mother Experiment!

I kind of prefer the original version the best!


C. Alvarez!

Thanks for that!



I will try!



I appreciate the hugs, Nikki!



I'm glad it added some light to your day!



I wouldn't consider them "happy colors" but "bright colors" instead.


Ask the Cool Cookie!

I wanted to link to your blog on this post but apparently yours is set to private so I simply referred to you as a "fellow blogger" instead.

Sorry about that!


blue roses!




Maybe I'll bump into your son as my city job is right near his college!

Oh, and whatever Mail Art you send me will be just fine.


Jodie | Velour!

Let's hope so!


Everyone's thoughts on this post are greatly appreciated!


Clare said...

Sheesh! I take a bit of a blog-vacation and come back to find you were a Blog of Note! Just awesome. I am so happy for you! See you around

Kelley Carey MacDonald said...

Why does this happen - so OFTEN I stop by and read your posts - and get tears in my eyes. (I guess that would explain your 7 billion followers!)
Wishing you Grace. For your whole life, Dean, long may it be...

Kelley Carey MacDonald said...

Dean... look up The Blind Boys of Alabama - they are elderly men, but when they sing this... goosebumps!

Mrs. Understood said...

Hi Dean. I really like your blog-been reading it for a while now. Had a random thought that you might like the novel, My Name is Asher Lev. It's my favorite book. Though I have to warn you I recommended to my book club and they 'hated' it. But I'm curious to see what you'd think!

martha miller said...

Happy New Year, Dean! Great image. Have you ever drawn on mylar? It would be beautiful to create tranparent layers of words over the cross...

Konkbonckles said...

Kriminy.. thanks for the gentle kick to the head reminding me that that(the cross) is where we need to leave our troubles.. where we have to drag them, fighting and screaming the whole way(from my experience, anyhow) to be put to death so that peace may grow from their corpses. ..or something like that.

stanw said...

So glad you took their advice and did this, it is so special. Sometimes as you did, we hear or see something that turns out to be so meaningful, thus the line to Amazing Grace. I'm gonna steal your idea and do it as a reminder that all the crud that has been in my life is on the cross, that's letting someone (Christ) take it all away, "Grace"fully.

You are truly an inspiration, a man of character.

david said...

"When I work, and in my art, I hold hands with God."
~ Robert Mapplethorpe

~ cheers...

Dean Grey said...


It's so nice seeing you here again!



You're a sweetheart!


Mrs. Understood!

I appreciate the book recommendation!



I've used acetate sheets before. Isn't that pretty similar?



You're welcome.



Thank you for the kind words!



What a wonderful quote!


Thanks to all of you for chiming in here!


swb said...

the weight of your obstacles determines the strength of your will

Dean Grey said...


That sounds exhausting!


swb said...

it's good for you. like exercise. the exhaustion makes you stronger

Dean Grey said...


So it can only make me better, huh Sean?


Heather B said...

i've only recently stumbled upon your blog...and by recent, i mean...about 3 minutes ago. but this posting made me pause and truly appreciate the beauty in those words and the artwork.

i'll certainly keep reading.

Dean Grey said...


I'm glad you found me and that this post resonated with you!