Saturday, May 21, 2011

Purity

The other day we picked up Tristan from school. We ran into his teacher, and stopped to chat. Off in the distance, we were surprised to see Tristan kneeling down to pray, right out in the open.

Later we asked if he wanted to tell us what he had been praying about. He said, "I was just thanking God for loaning us the world."

We never put him up to these outbursts of spirit. Rather, they just come out spontaneously.

"Pride" is not the word for the feeling it evokes; if anything, it is humbling -- to know that one has been profoundly touched by the real presence of the sacred in all its naked innocence and purity. It pierces the heart like few other things.

22 Comments:

Blogger Rick said...

The same Pride with which you see your son (in that photo) is the same Pride through which God sees you.
~ The Original Meister E

5/21/2011 10:56:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

And he said: "I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven." -- Matthew 18:3

5/21/2011 01:01:00 PM  
Blogger Magnus Itland said...

And I thank God for loaning you Tristan. It has been a great blessing to us all.

5/21/2011 02:49:00 PM  
Blogger Mizz E said...

I love these candid moments you share with us.

5/21/2011 03:17:00 PM  
Blogger ge said...

all that kid needs is a coonskin cap & a "NO-BAMA! 2012" button

5/21/2011 05:26:00 PM  
Blogger Gagdad Bob said...

Way ahead of you. He sells them during recess.

5/21/2011 05:28:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

In light of the upcoming SETI@home programme it is worth considering the possability that in keeping with the alleged random nature of existance that planet earth is "accidently first" to be the host to life. Should that be the case then it would be expected that in the fullness of time life will spread to other life friendly planets. Not having the ear of the Great Chancer, what the means to the fullfillment of that end might be I can't hazard to guess. However with so much scientific focus on the atmosphere at the present time, this looking for u.f.o. exercise could be a "look the other way" ploy. Or maybe there's such a thing as collective human race egotic defence mechanism. Then again it may be just willfull thinking. Being a wishfull thinker myself, I sincerly hope, whether it be the same thing or not, that they, that I, and you too find what we're looking for ~

5/21/2011 08:47:00 PM  
Anonymous Jewel said...

That, Brer Bob, is your Rapture moment of the day.

And said to him: Hearest thou what these say? And Jesus said to them: Yea, have you never read: Out of the mouth of infants and of sucklings thou hast perfected praise?
Matthew 21:16

5/21/2011 10:24:00 PM  
Blogger Gagdad Bob said...

Man does not find himself thrown only among objects. He is also immersed in religious experiences. --Don Colacho

The trick as we mature is to name them without containing and therefore vanquishing them. Children help us to unname things and get back to the experience that provoked the naming.

5/22/2011 07:31:00 AM  
Blogger Gagdad Bob said...

What draws us away from God is not sensuality but abstraction. --DC

5/22/2011 07:47:00 AM  
Blogger Van said...

"we were surprised to see Tristan kneeling down to pray, right out in the open.

Later we asked if he wanted to tell us what he had been praying about. He said, "I was just thanking God for loaning us the world.""

Pure ideas in action... imagine the consequences.

(What Rick said)

5/22/2011 09:01:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

~ could the time be ripe for a reality spin on the spiritual concept of "rising up to heaven" ~

5/22/2011 12:05:00 PM  
Blogger Mizz E said...

Doc_0 tweet:
Breaking: God retracts demand that humanity retreat to pre-Pleistocene borders.

Well, here we are and God knows best.

5/22/2011 05:49:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is of course acceptable to believe in things like Santa Claus when you are a young child like that.

And it's amusing that someone takes from that post that he should have a "NO-BAMA" button.

5/22/2011 06:14:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not as amusing, of course, as a genius who sees in the post an opportunity to denigrate children, Santa Claus, and humor, with a rare subtly of wit.

5/22/2011 07:12:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You don't really see me as a genius, do you?

5/22/2011 09:58:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We liberals don't like Santa Claus because he horns in on our turf.

5/23/2011 05:50:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

And we love children, so long as they're over 30.

5/23/2011 05:58:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We also aren't childish or immature enough to believe in some 'messiah' that will appear and magically fix our lives...

5/23/2011 07:34:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

...by paying of our mortgages or car payments from his stash.

5/23/2011 07:35:00 AM  
Blogger Van said...

aninnymouse said "We also aren't childish or immature enough to believe in some 'messiah' that will appear and magically fix our lives..."

Actually, since that is what you obviously do believe it's about, you are clearly demonstrating that you are too childish and immature to advance beyond such a concept.

5/23/2011 07:37:00 AM  
Blogger USS Ben USN (Ret) said...

Pure Joy!

5/27/2011 09:26:00 PM  

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