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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 4


When we receive as Manna a foretaste of heaven, we are still unsatisfied, because we want immediate gratification, immediate perfection, and instead we have to scrape our food off the desert floor. Bent down with our noses to the ground, we quickly become tired of the same fare, even when it tastes of heaven.

Photo and text © Keren Dibbens-Wyatt 2018

Overall Conclusions: Fragments to a Whole


Thank you for joining me on this journey through different ways of seeing and perception. I hope you have enjoyed the photography, insights and humour. I’ve learnt a lot about how we see the world, and how those of us gifted with sight might use it with more discernment and awareness. I hope I’ve managed to communicate some of that through the small glimpses I’ve shared.

Our seeing, like every way we experience life, is rarely objective. We bring to it angles of memory, story, perspective, bias and our human tendency to see patterns and faces in everything (pareidolia). We’ve thought about how our looking and seeing is influenced by these things as well as by light, colour, and how any two things are juxtaposed. We’ve brought in ideas of hope and potential, and we’ve cultivated our sense of wonder.

I hope we have also learned how prayer affects our contemplative seeing. When we centre ourselves in prayer, something amazing happens to our sight. Jesus offers us the opportunity to close our eyes and learn to see, in the darkness, not as the world sees, but through his own sacred vision. Those who have eyes to see are not looking at detail, but at the truth. It is in this spiritual sense that the Pharisees and religious leaders are the blind leading the blind, for they cannot see further than the ends of the noses they use to look down upon the rest of us. This is why we are told to go into our room and close the door when we pray. The sight and distraction of the world will skew our inner vision. We need to see clearly and to begin with, that happens by seeing the whole.

Once we are familiar in prayer with the essence of God’s kingdom, and our place within it, we can look at the detail and know the larger truth it tells us. We will then be able to extrapolate from a butterfly wing or an ear of corn, or from the breath of a donkey, the goodness, wisdom, beauty, truth and mercy of the Living God. Likewise, when God’s Word is known and revered in our hearts, we shall see it played out before us in the swoop of a sparrow, the flowers of the field and the dance of a flame. The whole picture releases the fragments of sight and vice versa, so that in gazing upon the tiny or the large, we can understand that they are both one and the same. We know then that a microbe is as much a wonder of the universe as any nebula.

I hope you have enjoyed this year’s journey with me and The Eye of Horus. Thank you for coming along for the ride. I do not know yet if there will be a new blog next year. I have a lot of books to write and journaling to collate, and a new weekly blog over at Lakelight Sanctuary. We will see where God’s grace leads. At any rate I will continue to post news here and wish all my readers well, and joy for the coming season.

God bless you, Keren


Photo and text © Keren Dibbens-Wyatt

198 Born Again (Scripture Conclusions)


Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again.”

John 3:3 NIV

Seeing using Scripture is a real spiritual eye-opener, and I’m talking as much about our inner eyes as our outer ones. If our heads and hearts are meditating on the Word of God, we will see it written and painted all around us, and hear and touch it too, maybe even taste it. For all of our senses can be caught up in the wonder of Logos, the living Word, the Cosmic Christ in whom all things hold together. The world is passionate about illustrating kingdom truths to us. God’s glory is sung out all around.

The next post will be the last one in this year’s series of Eye of Horus. We will be coming to some overall conclusions about what we’ve learnt, and hopefully some of our fragmentary seeings will begin to form a whole.

photo © Keren Dibbens-Wyatt


196 A Time for Everything (Scripture 12)

pine cone

There is a time for everything,

and a season for every activity under the heavens:

a time to be born and a time to die,

a time to plant and a time to uproot,

a time to kill and a time to heal,

a time to tear down and a time to build,

a time to weep and a time to laugh,

a time to mourn and a time to dance,

a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,

a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,

a time to search and a time to give up,

a time to keep and a time to throw away,

a time to tear and a time to mend,

a time to be silent and a time to speak,

a time to love and a time to hate,

a time for war and a time for peace.


photo © Keren Dibbens-Wyatt


195 The Narrow Way (Scripture 11)


“Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. 14But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.” Matthew 7:13-14 NIV

photo © Keren Dibbens-Wyatt


194 The Just and the Unjust (Scripture 10)


“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbour and hate your enemy.’ 44But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven. For he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.” (Matthew 5:43-45 ESV)

photo © Keren Dibbens-Wyatt