Sunday, April 5, 2009

A Poem for Monday


Unclench your fists
Hold out your hands.
Take mine.
Let us hold each other.
Thus is his Glory

-Madeleine L'Engle

Comment: One may wonder why a blogger who professes profound doubt on matters of God's nature and existence might find L'Engle's work compelling. I admire her because she grounds her reflections on the divine in the realm of humanity. It is not the faith of vaulted cathedral ceilings she writes , but barnyard chores and workshop tinkering. So, I must agree with Karen Armstong that one may admire the great gift of religion, the Golden Rule, or as she calls it, the Law of Compassion, without necessarily thinking those religions to be true. I remain Unconvinced, but hopeful.

1 comment:

Vincent said...

Quite so. Just because we are non-believers does not stop us glorying in the metaphors of the believers, and letting them speak for our feelings too. Let them keep hospitality with their grand hotels of faith, ready for us to make overnight stops when the fancy takes us. That's civilised.