Friday, September 7, 2012

fire, or light

I have been trying all week to describe the light this time of year,
terra cotta

burnt umber

I love the slant of light in September
I tell my children
anything can happen in this light.

“It has seemed to me sometimes as though the Lord breathes on this poor gray ember of Creation and it turns to radiance - for a moment or a year or the span of a life. 
And then it sinks back into itself again, and to look at it no one would know it had anything to do with fire, or light .... 
Wherever you turn your eyes the world can shine like transfiguration. 
You don't have to bring a thing to it except a little willingness to see. Only, who could have the courage to see it? .... Theologians talk about a prevenient grace that precedes grace itself and allows us to accept it. I think there must also be a prevenient courage that allows us to be brave - that is, to acknowledge that there is more beauty than our eyes can bear, that precious things have been put into our hands and to do nothing to honor them is to do great harm.” 
-Marilynne Robinson, Gildead

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I want to thank you for this blog, though I only just stumbled upon it. We need good mothers in our culture to take it back from the powers of dissolution. I will pray for you and your family tonight.