A Faint Tracing on the Surface of Mystery




“Our life is a faint tracing on the surface of mystery, like the idle curved tunnels of leaf miners on the face of a leaf. We must somehow take a wider view, look at the whole landscape, really see it, and describe what’s going on here. Then we can at least wail the right question into the swaddling band of darkness, or, if it comes to that, choir the proper praise.”
~Annie Dillard from Pilgrim at Tinker Creek





We are meant to be more than mere blemish,
more than a sullied spot or gaping hole on the surface, imperfect and inconvenient.
We are created as air and water and flesh and bones,
from the covering of skin to our deeper darkened cavities that fill and empty.
We are created out of Word and Silence.

We are created to weep and praise, praise and weep.

We are meant to be mystery, perfect in our imperfection.
Blemish made beautiful.





5 thoughts on “A Faint Tracing on the Surface of Mystery

  1. beautiful words today, but so hard to believe when you are losing your memory and becoming a pain to those around you.


  2. God has loved all that there is into existence. All has a purpose to fulfill, especially the greatest of His creatures, that which is in His image; namely us.
    All that is from love is not the least, but greatest. And in that, each of us is quite relevant. We are His conduits of love. If we fail to love, we fail in our purpose, And in so doing have failed Him.
    “A bell is not a bell until it’s rung. A song is not a song until it’s sung. And love is not love until it’s given away.
    We are because He is.


  3. ‘Imperfect blemish made beautiful.’
    Our eternal hope, His eternal joy.

    Such incredibly touching, loving, understanding Comments – like a beautifully composed symphony of praise….


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