Saturday, March 9, 2013

On Being Named by a Stranger...

Looking in photo Lexingtonnov2012041_zpsaaea8432.jpg




Then, as so often happens, just as I am ready to start writing, knowing pretty much what I want to say and excited about finding a way to say it well, something in me tries to get up and leave it—drink a glass of water, look out the window, read a magazine. Just as the spell has a chance of working, I break it. Just as there is a chance of bringing light out of dark, I choose the dark, withdraw my hand from the hand I have reached out for…If there is a will to be known and forgiven, is there a will also to remain hidden? Yes, of course, but the full answer about why I both want to write and do not want to write lies deeper still, and were I to discover it, I would discover perhaps the secret name written on the white stone. I do not discover it. But this morning at least I resist the temptation to leave my work before I have begun it. For better or worse, I choose this time for life instead of death.
–Frederick Buechner, The Alphabet of Grace
  With Sandy today...




9 comments:

HisFireFly said...

oh this
just that

Linda Stoll said...

yes. I'm choosing life today ... closing up my laptop and heading out for a walk with my husband, oh so eager to embrace the promise of spring and a deep heart to heart ...

kelli woodford said...

isn't Buechner the best?
thanks, Laura. have a beautiful weekend, friend.

Patricia W Hunter said...

Wow! I get every bit of that. *sigh*

Gayle said...

What a peaceful lovely website.

Marilyn Yocum said...

Thank you for bringing this quote (and the title) to my attention. He puts his finger right on it, doesn't he?

Kelly Hausknecht Chripczuk said...

So much in so few words, thanks for sharing.

Summer Gross said...

Seriously, this is the gift I so often need. Thank you Buechner for your honesty and Laura for graciously hand-wrapping the gift.

SimplyDarlene said...

That image is so great - so much so that I almost didn't make it to the quote - but I did, eventually. What a wonderful pairing!


Blessings.