From An Acceptable Time by Madeleine L’Engle. The words are hers, the pictures are from my trip.
“Hold me in peace while sleeping
Wake me with the sun’s smiling
With pure water slake my thirst
Let me be merry in your love.”
Reading fiction by authors like Madeleine L’Engle makes me more aware of the mysteries that exist in this world. I think she delves into some of the true mysteries of God and his universe – things that are way beyond our comprehension. I like the way she approaches science – as being a part of the mystery but not all of it. I know it is only fiction, but it speaks to the mystic in me and helps me to accept as unknowable by me, but true none the less, some of the great events and truths described in the Bible.
She talks about the power of words.
“Words -runes, for instance – were sometimes misused. They were meant to bless, but they were sometimes called on for curses…Yes runes were sometimes abused, but it was never forgotten that they had power…
“But Polly, interested, asked, ‘You mean the old rhyme ‘Sticks and stones may break my bones but words can never hurt me’ is wrong?”
“The bishop agreed. ‘Totally.’ “…
“The bishop continued, ‘That little rhyme doesn’t take into account that words have power, intrinsic power. I love you. What could be more powerful than that small trinity? On the other hand, malicious gossip can cause horrible damage.”
And for an author whose medium of communication is words, words have incredible power. Through them we are taught all sorts of things, complex ideas are transmitted to us, and through them we can share thoughts and even a part of what makes us who we are. We should never underestimate their effect on others.