Shine Like Transfiguration


Outside this window some sadistic machine is whirring loudly away for hours at at time and my sleep schedule has been a little off since we fell back, and so I don’t know about you, but when this week is over I’m definitely going to do a dance or possibly grab a beer. But the view is nice, and the weather has been sunny, and sometimes its better not to be too critical of the world around you. So here’s a quote from Marilynne Robinson, a brilliant writer beloved by me and also conservatives (not me) from her book, Gilead, which may inspire you a bit to look further and think more deeply this winter evening (or is it Fall. Whatever.).

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.


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