Suddenly a Wall Becomes a Gate

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What seemed to be the end proved to be the beginning…
Suddenly a wall becomes a gate.
~Henri Nouwen from Gracias! A Letter of Consolation

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What we call the beginning is often the end
And to make an end is to make a beginning.
The end is where we start from.

We shall not cease from exploration
And the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time.
Through the unknown, unremembered gate
When the last of earth left to discover
Is that which was the beginning;
~T.S. Eliot from “Little Gidding” The Four Quartets

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Every once in awhile we are blessed with a few minutes of a rare sunrise where a wall of clouds opens up to become a gateway to heaven.  Darkness becomes pricked full of holes and incredible light leaks out. It can only happen when the clouds become canvas backdrop on which the color is able to be painted– sometimes these clouds create havoc, floods, winds, power outages.

Then this.

Startling, wondrous magnificence beyond imagination. Grace that brings us to our knees, especially when we are mired in our gray troubled ordinariness and plainness.

Drink deeply of this. Hold it, savor it and know that to walk through the gate of any sunrise is to witness the face of God.

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5 thoughts on “Suddenly a Wall Becomes a Gate

  1. Thank you, Thank you, dear Emily.
    What a profound gift for us from your soul today.
    It truly is soul food that will nourish me for a long, long time — the words, the pictures.
    And I will surely pass it on – as Scripture reminds us – that we share our good news and our blessings and not keep them to ourselves,
    hidden away, unused (like the ‘seeds’ that we are supposed to plant in our Journey.).

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  2. Your words…”Startling, wondrous magnificence beyond imagination. Grace that brings us to our knees, especially when we are mired in our gray troubled ordinariness and plainness.

    Drink deeply of this. Hold it, savor it and know that to walk through the gate of any sunrise is to witness the face of God.”

    Your photos of God’s paint always leaves me in awe, but these words spoke to me today.
    Thank you, friend!

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  3. So beautiful. Thank you, thank you for helping to replenish my well. I just had 4 of our grandchildren for 3 days and 2 nights. As fun as it is and as blessed that I am, I am very tired after they leave.

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