Limn, a definition
depict or describe in paint or words
suffuse or highlight (something) with a bright color or light
Earth's crammed with heaven,
And every common bush afire with God,
But only he who sees takes off his shoes;
The rest sit round and pluck blackberries.
Elizabeth Barrett Browning
The moon limned a stone floor late one night.
I was four years old …
… the fifth of six children.
We lived in India, where my parents served as missionaries for three years. We children were frequently hungry. Maybe the food was too spicy or maybe we were picky or maybe there just wasn’t enough.
So that night, my older siblings stole downstairs for bread.
I followed them, and stood, arrested at the foot of the stairs at the sight.
At first, I thought it was a thief with a flashlight, peering inside. Dad would warn us of “hankyman” — his word for a thief/robber/ne’er-do-well. I thought it was hankyman.
I stood, frozen in place. Until my eyes adjusted and I saw it was moonlight.
Floating before me on the floor, so bright.
This was mystery. It was magic. It was a limning of the ordinary.
Such generous suffusion is everywhere.
I am glad you are here.
Really, thank you …
… for visiting, for stopping by.
The world is a busy place and we are busy people.
But sometimes it takes a conscious slowing down to catch a glimpse of mystery, to stand in silent wonder, or just to take a breath.
Here, with Limning the Ordinary, I hope to offer such a space …
Hope, a little respite, a depiction of light …
… a limning of the ordinary.
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May your day be suffused with grace.
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