We Sleep To Time’s Hurdy-Gurdy

We do need reminding, not of what God can do, but of what he cannot do, or will not, which is to catch time in its free fall and stick a nickel’s worth of sense into our days. And we need reminding of what time can do, must only do: churn out enormities at random and beat them, with God’s blessing, into our heads – that we are created, created, sojourners in a land we did not make, a land with no meaning of itself and no meaning we can make for it alone…”God is at home, says Meister Eckhart, “We are in the far country.” We are most deeply asleep at the switch when we fancy we control any switches at all. We sleep to time’s hurdy-gurdy; we wake, if we ever wake, to the silence of God. And then, when we wake to the deep shores of light uncreated, then when the dazzling dark breaks over the far slopes of time, then it’s time to toss things, like our reason, and our will; then it’s time to break our necks for home.

–Annie Dillard, from Holy The Firm, p. 61

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