Sunday, June 24, 2007

My Secret


Coupland may have written it....but i believe it, and it's my secret too:

"Now - here is my secret:
I tell it to you with an openness of heart that I doubt I shall ever achieve again, so I pray you are in a quiet room as you hear these words. My secret is that I need God - that I am sick and can no longer make it alone. I need God to help me give, because I no longer seem capable of giving; to help me be kind, as I no longer seem capable of kindness; to help me love, as I seem beyond being able to love."

(Douglas Coupland, Life After God)

11 comments:

Anna said...

I think it is also my secret so it can be community owned. This is wonderful Paul....I need Him so much and it seems that I need to remind myself of that daily. Life brings many joys but there are lots of pains. I am not quite sure how I could wrestle with the pains without him. And the joys that come with kindness and giving and loving are that much sweeter when Christ is at the heart of it.

Have a beautiful Sunday. And this image is great...I can almost feel a breeze! You have a great eye...

Layla (aka Barbara) said...

excellent

Anna said...

hey Paul...thanks for that kind comment about my images. You are too kind and I am so glad that you are liking them.

I wanted to tell you that my friends are playing in the category of New Worship Styles on the bank holiday Monday (I think Sept. 5).....keep your eye out for them...I can email you with their names.

Have a good week! :)

The Harbour of Ourselves said...

kind words, thank you - this is possibly the oldest tree (well part of it anyway) on Guernsey - it's a spanish chestnut that is about 450 years old - i love the fact that nature has broken all the rules - a limb that pushed two branches out in different directions finally found each other again and grafted like the kind of dovetails my father used to make....

it's a beautiful tree

Kyle said...

you're flattery is so immense that I find myself feeling as though my photography is actually serving a purpose outside of a naive teenage art project, and for that I thank you!

As for yourself, you are the one with the eye! Nature photography is not a strong point of mine, so naturally it intrigues me. Photographing trees seems impossible to me, for each tree has a million branches and countless leaves, and then you multiply that by the infinite number of trees in a forest and I am completely lost. So for you to take this small section of common nature and give it such a vivid and welcome perspective leaves me in a state of awe.

So you, sir, are the one with the eye!

Rainbow dreams said...

you know I think that is so many people's secret, when there is nothing else...sometimes it's when we feel it the most

I agree, it's a brilliant photo - where exactly is the tree?

Kathryn said...

Mine too

Awareness said...

i have made about 25 attempts to try to capture my thoughts after reading couplands words.....

all i'm left with is....

it leaves me feeling very uncomfortable because i guess i don't ever want to feel such broken vulnerability. the thought of it makes me tear up with sadness but also fear.

and......i just want to reach out and give you a big bear hug.

always scared said...

secrets are dangerous things.. mostly to ourselves.
I've been thinking long and hard about what those words..

without God I am nothing, but even with my most pitiful attempts if I have God I am a someone!! I NEED God, but he WANTS me!

Amazing!
Thank you!

Sometimes it is good to share our secrets!

Kate's Typewriter said...

well, I'm crying, so nicely quoted. may I put a link to your page on my blog?

Suzanna said...

a secret to myself surely as anyone close to me must assuredly know (how much I need Him)

I have been thinking that grace is the sum total of my assets. Takes the air out my anxiety when I frame it like that.
Yes, that can be equally scary, but to worry gets me unaware of all the things that are going right... without a lick of my control.