Starry Interdependence

Virginia realizes that she shared this quote from favorite author Madeleine L’Engle in years past. Given current circumstances wherein many of us are unable to go to our places of worship, it seems even more relevant today…

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)

grace, peace & starry interdependence

Virginia : )

“If we limit ourselves to the possible and the provable, we render ourselves incapable of change and growth, and that is something that should never end.” Madeleine L’Engle

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28 Responses to Starry Interdependence

  1. Garfield Hug says:

    Good reflection point for me today Virginia. Thanks. Continue to keep safe.

  2. Dewin Nefol says:

    Hey Virginia,

    “If we limit ourselves to the possible and the provable, we render ourselves incapable of change and growth, and that is something that should never end.” Madeleine L’Engle.

    Ah yes, ’tis as Buzz Lightyear (from Pixar’s, Toy Story) once exclaimed. ‘To infinity and beyond!’

    Take care,


    • Virginia says:

      “To infinity and beyond!” Way to go, Buzz. My younger brother & I saw the 1st Toy Story in a movie theater when it came out. Huge fun! (I am also a big groupie of Illumination’s Despicable Me minions!)

      Here’s to looking beyond infinity, DN! 👀🌟👀🌟👀

      • Dewin Nefol says:

        😀 Excellent! I am an animated film fan and enjoyed Toy Story tremendously! Great fun! (Having refused to grow up, I majored in Animation and Film-making at university 😀 )

        The Minion’s are in a class of their own! The film was superb. However, Shrek will always be my personal favorite.

        So yes indeed Virginia, ‘here’s to looking beyond infinity…’for clarity belongs to thee, who reaches beyond eternity.’ (1)


        (1) S.K Lindeman – Beyond Eternity.

      • Virginia says:

        That’s a great quote, thanks Dewin. Also, how VERY COOL that you studied Animation & Film-making @ university. No wonder the artwork on your website is so AMAZING!

        I liked Shrek too (+have a playlist of music.) But minions rule! I am also a huge groupie of The Nightmare Before Christmas (saw it 4 times in theater when it came out, even took my boss to see it!) I watch it again every year. Skeleton Jack & Sally rock!!

        Cheers! 🎶😎🎶

      • Dewin Nefol says:

        Thank you Virginia, that’s very kind of you to say so 😀 Animation – the illusion of life – intrigues me as a medium, as too the animators themselves, who are artistic geniuses.

        That’s the thing with animation, once the bug bites there is no going back. ‘Nightmare’ – one of my favorite stop-motion animations – has become something of a classic. Tim Burton’s imagination is quite extraordinary.

        Agreed, Minions rule! One might even suggest they are everywhere – like gremlins – wherever playful mischief transpires. They appeal to our puckish nature 😉


      • Virginia says:

        ooooooh, Dewin. Tim Burton’s brilliant Nightmare Before Christmas is not just ‘something of a’ classic, but A BIG CLASSIC (especially to groupies like me who have a plethora of Nightmare memorabilia throughout the house, not to mention the Deluxe Edition of the movie with hours of special features, all thoroughly watched and enjoyed.)

        Hope that you are keeping well! Be safe (no letting Mr. Oogie Boogie loose in our worry halls without Skeleton Jack to the rescue!)

        Cheers! 🙂

      • Dewin Nefol says:

        😀 Clear to me Virginia is your obvious enthusiasm for the film, which I find delightful and endearing. You are a true groupie whereas I am but an admiring fan.

        I imagine you also enjoy Frankenweenie and The Corpse Bride, also directed by Tim Burton?

        All safe and well here Virginia, thank you…Mr Oogie Boogie occasionally knocks quietly on the Worry Hall door but never gets beyond the stoop 😉

        Here’s to heroic Skeleton Jack and the whimsically macabre, visually imaginative, and emotionally bittersweet world of Tim Burton’s films.

        Take good care of one and all,


      • Virginia says:

        Hopefully Mr. Oogie Boogie will continue to stay out of Worry Halls!

        I have the Corpse Bride, but don’t watch it nearly as much as TNBC… Will have to look up Frankenweenie…

        We need more heroes like Sally — and Skeleton Jack (at least he gets credit for pursuing his dreams!)

        Be safe, Dewin! 🙂

      • Dewin Nefol says:

        Good luck acquiring a copy of Frankenweenie…no doubt Amazon will have a DVD available to buy. I think you’ll enjoy it. When it arrives why not have a Tim Burton night and watch all three films – Corpse Bride, TNBC, and Frankenweenie – back-to-back? 😀

        Happy dreaming! Stay safe and well 🙏


      • Virginia says:

        That sounds like a grand idea, back-to-back Tim Burton films!

        Stay safe & well, Dewin! 😷🙏😎

  3. Debbie says:

    Indeed! And I wonder how many are attending online services these days who didn’t do so before?? Still, it’s going to be a different Easter, right?

  4. gmccjosinski says:

    Those pictures are just grand

  5. TH says:

    Love that final quote of L’Engle’s.

  6. not as eloquently, but I touched on this subject yesterday. It is an especially good time for us to look at stars and seas and blossoms, I think. Stay well, love Michele

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