The Deacon's Bench

Some sad news today, that playwright William Gibson has died, at the ripe age of 94.

He will forever be remembered as the man who gave us one of the most powerful and inspiring testaments to hope and perseverance: “The Miracle Worker.” The story — how the deaf and blind Helen Keller came to discover the world — still packs an emotional wallop.

The scene below, the climax of the great movie version with Anne Bancroft and Patty Duke (who both won Oscars for their amazing work here) never fails to move me to tears. It also represents, I now realize, a singular kind of baptism, and a stirring gift of grace.

Just watch:

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