Over at Father Stephen’s currently, there is a great post about the disenchantment of modern life. It is easy, all too easy, to see the world as though nothing is magical… and yet, the more I learn about the world, the more it seems to me that, rather, everything is. One of the elements I strive for, as an artist, is to lift a little corner of the veil of the mundane and expose a hint of that magic. Not saying that I succeed, just that it’s what I have in mind.
Anyway, someone in the comments there posted this quote, and it struck me as simply too true not to share:
For as long as you are on earth, consider yourself a guest in the Household of Christ. If you are at the table, it is He who treats you. If you breathe air, it is His air you breathe. If you bathe, it is in His water you are bathing. If you are traveling, it is over His land that you are traveling. If you are amassing goods, it is His goods you are amassing. If you are squandering, it is His goods that you are squandering. If you are powerful, it is by His permission that you are strong. If you are in the company of men, you and the others are His guests. If you are out in nature, you are in His garden. If you are alone, He is present. If you set out or turn anywhere, He sees you. If you do anything, He remembers. He is the most considerate Householder by Whom you were ever hosted. Be careful then toward Him. In a good household, the guest is required to behave. These are all simple words but they convey to you a great truth. All the saints knew this truth and they governed their lives by it. That is why the Eternal Householder rewarded them with eternal life in heaven and glory on earth.
I mentioned at the Urban Hermits’ place recently that I had a new painting in the works. Here is the end result; it was commissioned by a friend as a gift for her husband. I gave it to them on Friday.
Merry Christmas, everyone, and may the new year be overflowing with blessings!
I don’t know what it is about gray hair, but the finches seemed to covet it for nesting material.