As this Friday of Lent winds to a close, here’s a challenge from one of my favorite authors for our hearts to contemplate.
Photo credit: NASA, ESA, Hubble 20th Anniversary Team
“If we look at the makeup of the word disaster, dis-aster, we see dis, which means separation, and aster, which means star. So dis-aster means separation from the stars. When we are separated from the stars, the sea, each other, we are in danger of being separated from God…
We need to remember that the house of God is not limited to a building that we visit for only a few hours on Sunday. The house of God is not a safe place. It is a cross where time and eternity meet, and where we are – or should be – challenged to live more vulnerably, more interdependently. Where, even with the light streaming in rainbow colours through the windows, we can listen to the stars.”
Madeleine L’Engle (from Glimpses of Grace)
“A Rose made of Galaxies” (Photo credit: NASA’s Hubble, 17 December 2010)
grace, peace & twinkling (talking) stars
Virginia : )
p.s. We are oh-so-very-excited to see “A Wrinkle in Time” out in the theaters this weekend!! Growing up that book was a total fav. (As faithful readers of this blog know, Madeleine L’Engle is still a fav author of grown-up Virginia.) 🙂
I read that book years ago. Wow, there’s a movie adaptation?
Yes, Arlene. It’s a new movie out this weekend starring Oprah & a host of other amazing actors. I read the book as a 3rd grader (8 yrs old?) and may have forgotten some bits, but still remember the ending vividly all these years later. The movie is GREAT – just saw it! 🙂
Your post lifted my heart and opened my mind to thoughts of the great goodness of the Creator
Thanks, Bernadette. Those Hubble pics blew me away. When I first saw them, thought they were science fiction art? But, no, that’s REALLY out there. Our Creator’s Heavenly paintbrushes are busier with beauty more than we can imagine!
“A Cross where time and eternity meet”…. I really like that !… Diane
Madeleine L’Engle had a way with words – and thoughts – and ideas – and faith. So glad she resonates with you, Diane, too!