Tag Archives: glow

Lent 33


Gifts from the sea are boiled or battered, carved or scraped, hung out to dry in the sun, or bleached on racks. Only the pearl is allowed to retain its shape, and must not be opened up, smashed, cooked, consumed, but instead, valued, held, set in gold.  What makes this globule of oozed protection precious?

Learning from oysters, perhaps we might see that the real beauty of the prize is the transformation of what pollutes us, the redemption of irritants, and that the glow of the pearl is not of this world, but is transfiguration.

Photo and text © Keren Dibbens-Wyatt 2018

Lent 15

marbles small

Your glow is what transfigures you. Not the dull earth below, which is your substance, your normality, your humility, but the light that finds you. For it is not for you to shine, small lifeless orb, dull creature, but yours to be shone upon. And the light that finds you, loves you, and stays with you, riding above your self like lustre in orbit, a soft swirling snowstorm of grace, holding you beyond touch.

Photo and text © Keren Dibbens-Wyatt 2018