*A sudden display of brilliance

August 11, 2009 — Leave a comment

I’ve been snacking my way through C.S.Lewis’s Letters to Malcolm: Chiefly on prayer. [I’m thankful books don’t get stale since I’m on year three of reading this 124 page book]. There a wonderful section where he talks about wanting to make every pleasure a channel for adoring God.

“Gratitude exclaims, very properly, “How good of God to give me this.” Adoration says, “What must be the quality of that Being whose far-off and momentary coruscations* are like this!”

One’s mind runs back up the sunbeam to the sun. If I could always be what I aim at being, no pleasure would be too ordinary or too usual for such reception; from the first taste of the air when I look out of the window…down to one’s soft slippers at bed-time.

…These pure and spontaneous pleasures are ‘patches of Godlight’ in the woods of our experience.”

Some of my patches of Godlight this week have been: mint, basil, lemon, figs, peaches, fresh-squeezed orange juice, smoked cheddar, brie, couscous, red leaf lettuce. Yes, I know these all have to do with food. Maybe that’s because I’m not on vacation yet and the working life gives fewer chances to appreciate other things.

But the smell of fresh mint and basil and lemon is a great start for adoration. The color, the scent, the taste, and the texture when you touch them [and four out of five senses isn’t too shabby for a humble leaf or fruit].

Other patches of the non-food variety include: the laugh of a child, a baby falling asleep on my lap. Also, probably because it hasn’t rained here for over three months: green grass, green ivy, green vines with lavender, pink, and red flowers [as in plumbago, Florida vine and bougainvillea].

And one more: the word ‘coruscation’ which means [I had to look this up]: a sudden display of brilliance.

“Worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness”
Psalm 96: 9

” I will bless the lord at all times, His praise will also be on my lips.”
Psalm 34:1

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