Notes from the Waxhaws

In the light of this radiance

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“For in the light of this radiance all else is forgotten, all that preoccupies and troubles us, all our pain and dismay. It is not that they are excised or erased, but…our pain becomes part of something larger than ourselves, and is transfigured.”

~ Maggie Ross, Writing the Icon of the Heart: In Silence Beholding

Looking out the window this morning, I noticed four mourning doves in the drive…pecking at tiny stones amid the gravel. I quickly grabbed my binoculars to get a closer look…perhaps parents and their young. While it was nice to see this family outing, what was in the grass behind them was simply something I’ve never seen before. Brilliant points of light…each the purest of red, yellow, orange, green, or blue…appearing like tiny jewels…or the lights of some long-hidden fairy village. Drops of dew…caught in the early morning sunlight at just the right angle. But even knowing that…still amazingly beautiful.

I’ve come to believe that, if we are anything, we are witnesses…eyewitnesses…of something and somewhere totally unexpected and gratuitous…of the universe that surrounds us. We have become, by our beholding, the very eyes of creation…privileged to gaze upon all that has been made…and all that is still in the process of becoming.

Beholding in silence, as Maggie Ross says, “…is not a matter of rejecting the particulars of creation but rather plunging into their deepest heart, allowing them wholly to draw our attention”.

Along the road…

Queen Anne's Lace

yellow flowers

pale blue flowers

Written by Jim

June 3, 2012 at 6:46 pm

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  1. Just beautiful, Jim.

    Patti Grace

    June 6, 2012 at 5:27 pm

    • Thank you Patti…it’s always good to hear from you.


      June 6, 2012 at 6:20 pm

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