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A page on which I jot down favorite quotes, ideas, maybe even place a picture or two… 

* “Naming is Edenic. I name gifts and go back to the Garden and God in the beginning who first speaks a name and lets what is come into existence. This naming is how the first emptiness of space fills: the naming of light and land and sky. The first man’s first task is to name. Adam completes creation with his Maker through the act of naming creatures, releasing the land from chaos, from the teeming, indefinable mass… When I name moments – string out laundry and name-pray, thank You, Lord, for bedsheets in billowing winds, for fluff of sparrow landing on line, sun winter warm, and one last leaf still hanging in the orchard – I am Adam and I discover my meaning and God’s, and to name is to learn the language of Paradise. This naming work never ends for all the children of Adam. Naming to find an identity, our identity, God’s.” (One Thousand Gifts p53)

* Sehnsucht- to long for (sehen) like a mania (sucht) : “I must be Sehnsucht for beauty… I have run because I long for beauty like a mania…” (One Thousand Gifts p109)

* “What more, you may ask, do we want? Ah, but we want so much more – something the books on aesthetics take little notice of. But the poets and the mythologies know all about it. We do not want merely to see beauty, though, God knows, even that is bounty enough. We want something else which can hardly be put into words – to be united with the beauty we see, to pass into it, to receive it into ourselves, to bathe in it, to become part of it.” – C.S. Lewis, The Weight of Glory

* “Ah, I see. The Lord has to break us down at the strongest part of our self-life before He can have His own way of blessing with us.” – James H. McConkey, Life Talks

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