What we need is the gift of God
which makes us able to find in ourselves
not just oursleves but Him;
and then our nothingness becomes His all.
This is not possible without the liberation
effected by compunction and humility.
It requires not talent,
not mere insight,
pouring itself out
in love and trust.
Writing by Thomas Merton in Cicerstian Quarterly Review, #18 (1983). For verses: See Luke 15:11-32
Painting by N.C. Wyeth, “The Prodigal.”
And God said,
‘Let there be lights in the dome of the sky to separate the day from the night;
and let them be for signs and for seasons and for days and years,
and let them be lights in the dome of the sky to give light upon the earth.’
And it was so.
God made the two great lights—
the greater light to rule the day and the lesser light to rule the night
—and the stars.
God set them in the dome of the sky to give light upon the earth,
to rule over the day and over the night,
and to separate the light from the darkness.
And God saw that it was good.
And there was evening and there was morning,
the fourth day.