Madeleine L’Engle on finding sacred in secular


Still uncovering from the ZOE conference and cleaning my desk . . . and found a barf bag that I had written the urgent quote from Madeleine L’Engle’s Walking On Water: Reflections on Faith and Art:

There is nothing so secular that it cannot be sacred, and that is one of the deepest messages of the incarnation.

When my kids were younger, I saved barf bags from our overseas flights to use on buses in London, car rides. Advice to young parents: some–not all of course, but some–of motion sickness of kids comes from giving our kids too much to drink.

Is this post about throwing up or finding the sacred in the secular? Or to quasi-quote an investment firm commercial, “What can we learn about spirituality from a child throwing up?”

By Greg Taylor Posted in General

5 comments on “Madeleine L’Engle on finding sacred in secular

  1. “What can we learn about spirituality from a child throwing up?” sounds like a BlogSpot Bio question, Greg!I dunno how to answer it.

    What can we learn about spirituality from a child throwing up? Hmmmm …

    Maybe … there are times when spirituality shouldn’t be “inner” anymore?

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  2. Amen to that comment. Also–sometimes, like throwing up or dry heaving–we’re tying to bring up something that just isn’t there. Often the case with ministers trying to minister without a reserve.

    And um…gross.

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  3. Well, you could be like Jesus and use the “throwing up event” as a teachable moment. You could gather the rest of the family together, gaze upon the puddle (or in the bag, as the case may be), and use the vomit as an object lesson for ther story of Jonah.

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