Sunday, November 22, 2009

Thought for the Day

There is no less holiness at this time—as you are reading this—than there was the day the Red Sea parted. . . . In any instant the sacred may wipe you with its finger. In any instant the bush may flare, your feet may rise, or you may see a bunch of souls in a tree. In any instant you may avail yourself of the power to love your enemies; to accept failure, slander, or the grief of loss; or to endure torture. Purity's time is always now.
~ Annie Dillard


Annie Dillard is one of America's finest novelists and essayists; she also is a poet. Born in 1945, she won the 1975 Pulitzer Prize for Pilgrim at Tinker Creek, her acclaimed nonfiction narrative.

6 comments:

Kelly Langner Sauer said...

Oh, I like this one...

Janet Oberholtzer said...

Love Annie Dillard!
"Pilgrim at Tinker Creek" was a book that really helped me heal emotionally after a major trauma in my life.

nAncY said...

a fine quote
and a very good thought for now...

drw@bainbridge.net said...

Curious -- I was just telling my husband about "Pilgrim at Tinker Creek" last night... her work is so lovely; the Mary Oliver of prose.

lucy said...

Amen! a perfect quote for a very sacred sunday.

Deborah Barlow said...

Great quote by Dillard. Thank you for posting it. I loved finding it here.