Madeline L’Engle: Show the Lovely Light

“We do not draw people to Christ by loudly discrediting what they believe, by telling them how wrong they are and how right we are, but by showing them a light that is so lovely that they want with all their hearts to know the source of it.”

220px-Madeleine_lengleMadeline L’Engle, Walking on Water:  Reflections on Faith and Art (quoted in Heather King’s  Holy Days and Gospel Reflections)

Show the lovely light!

But we cannot give what we do not have.  When ugliness replaces beauty we’ve succumbed to the angry spirit of the age.  And Christians must call out those who do it.  We’re not in heaven yet, but we don’t need to create more hell than there already is down here.

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Photo by Ronaldo Oliveira on Unsplash.  Madeline L’Engle photo courtesy of Wikipedia.

 

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2 thoughts on “Madeline L’Engle: Show the Lovely Light

    1. Indeed. Thank you for reminding us of that. Words are necessary but perhaps not as often as we seem to think. And when think we need to speak, it would be wise to pray first. Oh how I want to remember this!

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