Archive for November, 2009

The Art Spirit
November 18, 2009

A friend gave me a copy of Robert Henri’s 1923 book “The Art Spirit”. I found this quote on page 145. It made me think that art and grace go hand in hand.

“I am always sorry for the Puritan, for he has guided his life against desire and against nature, He found that he thought was comfort, for he believed the spirit’s safety was in negation, but he has never given the world one minute’s joy or produced one symbol of the beautiful order of nature. He sought peace in bondage and his spirit became a prisoner.”

 

The Art Spirit

By Robert Henri, 1923

Basic Books, New York (2007 imprint)

 

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God’s Dream
November 2, 2009

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God’s Dream

By Charles Peguy

The Lord God said: I myself will dream a dream within you,

Good dreaming comes from me, you know.

My dreams seem impossible,

not too practical nor for the cautious man or woman;

a little risky sometimes,

a trifle brash perhaps.

Some of my friends prefer to rest more comfortably

in sounder sleep with visionless eyes.

But from those who share my dreams

I ask a little patience,

a little humor,

some small courage,

and a listening heart – I will do the rest.

Then they will risk and wonder at their daring;

run, and marvel at their speed;

build, and stand in awe

at the beauty of their building.

You will meet me often

as you work in your companions who share the risk,

in your friends who believe in you

enough to lend their own dreams,

their own hands,

their own hearts,

to your building.

In the people who will stand in your doorway,

stay awhile

And walk away knowing that they too can find a dream.

There will be sin-filled days

And sometimes a little rain –

a little variety both come from me.

So come now, be content.

It is my dream you dream,

my house you build,

my caring you witness;

my love you share

And this is the heart of the matter.

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