River of Grace: The Soundtrack & Audio Book

by Susan Bailey

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  • Companion volume to River of Grace as Louisa May Alcott figures prominently in my story of grief to new life and transformation. This devotional, pairing passages from Alcott's books (Little Women, Little Men, Moods, Work, Hospital Sketches, Lulu's Library, Aunt Jo's Scrap-Bag) with the Bible, provides literary prompts to prayer and meditation.
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released November 1, 2015

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Susan Bailey Grafton, Massachusetts

Susan Bailey is a singer/songer & author whose writing appears regularly in The Catholic Free Press & CatholicMom.com. She has sung on CatholicTV, EWTN and at World Youth Day 2002. Susan maintains two blogs: Be as One and Louisa May Alcott is My Passion. She is the author of two books, River of Grace: Creative Passages Through Difficult Times and Louisa May Alcott: Illuminated by The Message. ... more

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Track Name: How Can I Keep from Singing?
How Can I Keep From Singing
Verse 1: My life goes on in endless song
Above earth's lamentations,
I hear the real, though far-off hymn
That hails a new creation.

Refrain: No storm can shake my inmost calm,
While to that rock I'm clinging.
Since love is lord of heaven and earth
How can I keep from singing?

Verse 2: Through all the tumult and the strife
I hear that music ringing,
It sounds and echoes in my soul.
How can I keep from singing?

Verse 3: The peace of Christ makes fresh my heart
A fountain ever springing
All things are mine if I am his
How can I keep from singing?
Track Name: Will You Teach Me
Will You Teach Me

Just today
I awoke with a feeling
Of something new
Something’s here
Just as real as can be
And yet hidden from view
It was there all along
Buried down so deep inside
Stumbling through my nighttime of darkness
I tried to make the other side

To that place
Where the fire was warm
And would draw me near
Melting away
Every doubt in my head
Every single fear
I’ve been wandering far
Often lost and often alone
Now I see it was right hereinside me
Inviting me to come on home

Oh will You teach me to be loved
And will You teach me to receive
The bounty of Your endless grace, yeah
And give me reason to believe
There’s something greater than me

It was You
In the warmth of the sun
In the stars at night
It was You, You were there
In the child who was holding
My hand so tight
You were there all along
Quietly You called out my name
Speaking through all those who have loved me
You’ve touched me and I’m not the same

(Middle Eight)
You have opened my eyes
And I see You everywhere
I must open my heart now
And let You show me
How much You care
Oh teach me!

When I looked at the cross
When I would partake of the bread
You were in there with Your arms reaching
Hoping that the word be said
I say it!

Oh will You teach me to be loved
And will you teach me to receive
The bounty of Your endless grace, yeah
You gave me reason to believe
I believe!

Oh will You teach me to be loved
And will you teach me to receive
The bounty of Your endless grace, yeah
You gave me reason to believe
There’s something greater than m
Track Name: Spirit of Life
Spirit of Life

Spirit of Life, come unto me
Sing in my heart all the stirrings of compassion

Blow in the wind, rise in the sea
Move in the hand, giving life the shape of justice
Roots, hold me close, wings set me free,
Spirit of Life, come to me, come to me

Spirit of Life, come to me, come to me
Track Name: Teach Me to Love
Teach Me to Love (Pray for Me, Mother)
(dedicated to Mother Teresa 9/5/97)

Teach me to love, teach me to serve
And may my eyes, like yours, shine at the sight
Of Jesus in my neighbor
Teach me to love, teach me to serve
And may my heart be moved and pierced by compassion
And so be compelled to reach out in love

May I be like you, reaching out to hold
The image of God in my hands

Teach me to love, teach me to serve
And may I never see rich nor poor
Age nor race, just a precious gift from God
Teach me to love, teach me to serve
And may I never seek reward nor glory
But only because I’m in love with Jesus Christ

May I be like you, with a single heart
Lost inside an ocean of love for the Lord
May I be like you, reaching out to hold
The image of God in my hands

May I be like you, learning from the poor
Shedding all my wealth for the love of Jesus Christ
May I be like you, reaching out to hold
The image of God in my hands
Track Name: I Will Remember You
I Will Remember You
(for Louisa and Lizzie)

I call you "friend"
Though you lived long before me
It’s your words, your wisdom
shining through
the stories told
of the losses and heartache,
of triumphs and the hope that make
me want to live like you
And now I find your spirit in
the pen on the page
You’ve become my muse, my guide
My sage

I will remember you
In the flowers on the hill
Your voice may have been silenced
But your words they always will
Live in my memory
And when I look upon your face
Your life is what I will recall
And what I will embrace

A child-like heart
Tucked away in the shadows
You could not hide your inner light
With every smile
Every deed through your sorrow
Today and through tomorrow
And through the bitter night

Your legacy of selflessness
I take to my care
To emulate your kindness
Is my prayer

I will remember you
In the flowers on the hill
Your gentle soul residing
In my heart, remaining still
In my memory
And when I look upon your face
The love is what I will recall
And what I will embrace.
Track Name: Lord, Send Out Your Spirit
Lord, Send Out Your Spirit

Refrain: Lord, send out your spirit and renew the face of the earth
Lord, breathe on your people now, and bring us to a new birth

Verse One: Bless the Lord, oh my soul! Lord God, how great you are.
How many are your works, O Lord! The earth is full of your creatures.

Verse Two: You take back your spirit, we die We return to the dust we once were
But in your spirit we’re made brand new You renew the face of the earth!

Verse Three: May the Lord rejoice in his works May our thoughts be pleasing to him
May his glory last throughout time We find our joy in the Lord
Track Name: Touch the Sky
Touch the Sky

“My arms, outstretched, await you
Spread your wings and fly
For I will lift you up
And you will touch the sky!”

Oh Lord, I am so fearful
That’s why I hesitate
I just can’t make that leap
Because I lack the faith
I don’t know why
I just can’t try
My fears, they are so paralyzing
Wish I was strong
Oh how I long
To trust in you, my Lord

“Bring your fears to me, child
Lay down your shame and grief
For I will lift your burden
And you will find relief
Then you shall fly
Across the sky
With wings of joy to lift you higher
You can be strong
For your heart longs (for you belong to Me)
To trust in me, my child”

“Then you shall fly
Across the sky
With wings of joy to lift you higher
You can be strong
For you belong to Me”

“My arms, outstretched, await you
Spread your wings and fly
For I will lift you up
And you will touch the sky!”