Gracia Grindal is professor emerita of rhetoric at Luther Seminary. Her latest book, a collection of 366 sonnets on the life of Jesus, is Jesus the Harmony.
from Epistles to Eve
September 23, 2022
The pure in heart
October 9, 2019
The tempter returns
He kept coming back, hissing in the trees, Whispering sly seductions, making me think Life would be sweeter if I yielded to his pleas....
June 6, 2018
Eve faces her guilt
The garden flowering behind us, we fussed about The reasons why, and how we were deceived: How gullible I was, his gallantries, The way the serpent tempted me to doubt,...
May 31, 2018
Adam and Eve blame each other
We blamed each other, fell to bickering. Who was at fault? Who had lost paradise? I was the first to fall, to open my eyes. Back in the leaves I heard the tempter sing...
April 30, 2018
Via Dolorosa / The Veronica
Mother of sorrows, I followed in his way Seeing him stumble beneath his heavy cross Weeping at the agony of this awful day. More than a sword pierced my heart, my loss...
March 19, 2018
Mary watches her son enter Jerusalem
Watching people flocking to hear him preach Holding their limbs up to be touched and healed, I pondered again the love I heard him teach,...
March 19, 2018
Jesus returns home
He fought with dragons in the wilderness, The old Nick, he who had his way with Eve. Jesus, my grown son, now in Nazareth, In the synagogue, they never believed...
March 2, 2018
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Eve reaches for forbidden fruit
“Thou shalt not eat of the golden fruit of the tree In the midst of the garden,” the voice a negative Of flesh drawn toward the deadly lust to live,...
February 13, 2018
The gift of myrrh
The third sage brought us myrrh for his mortal flesh Wrapped up in strips of cloth to ward off the stink Cadavers make in the grave after death,...
December 20, 2017
Mary nurses Jesus
The let down, my milk coming in, the shepherds gone, Music like silver impressed on the skies above Here in this infant, the tempter’s curse undone,...
December 5, 2017
Nicodemus in the shadows
In this week’s Gospel reading, Jesus speaks of dark and light—one of our most primary realities and symbols. How can this be vivid language today, when we can turn the switch and flood almost any place with light any time?
March 8, 2015
March 15, 2015, Fourth Sunday in Lent (John 3:14-21)
The binary world of John’s Gospel is well drawn in Jesus’ talk here. How could a God of love condemn people? What does it mean to be in darkness?
March 3, 2015
Disruptions of grace
It’s hard to deny these little echoes of the synoptics which John reshapes for his own dramatic purposes. It seems narratively wrong for Jesus to cleanse the temple at the beginning of his ministry rather than at the climactic end. It makes more sense if one hears Luke in the background ever so slightly—Jesus’ claiming of the temple as his father’s house and his identity as the Son. Here in John, he has just performed a miracle at his mother’s behest, bringing spirit into the most fleshly event of human life. Now he goes to what is supposedly a spiritual place and finds only flesh. No wonder he is annoyed.
March 1, 2015