Vacations: A Gift of Grace

By Glen Van Andel. In his well-known play Our Town, Thornton Wilder describes how Emily, a woman who died in childbirth, is allowed to return to earth to spend one day with her family. She chooses to do so on her twelfth birthday, fully expecting it to be a day filled with rich memories and happy experiences.

But as the play unfolds, Emily becomes more and more frustrated with her family’s lack of interest in and sensitivity to the impor

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