the knock on the door

5 02 2010

“I don’t know why life isn’t constructed to be seamless and safe, why we make such glaring mistakes, things fall so short of our expectations, and our hearts get broken and our kids do scary things and our parents get old and don’t always remember to put pants on before they go out for a stroll.

I don’t know why it’s not more like it is in the movies, why things don’t come out neatly and lessons can’t be learned when you’re in the mood for learning them, why love and grace often come in such motley packaging.

But I was reminded of the lines of D.H. Lawrence that are taped to the wall of my office:

What is the knocking?

What is the knocking at the door in the night?

It is somebody wants to do us harm.

No, no, it is the three strange angels.

Admit them, admit them.”

– Annie Lamott

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3 responses

5 02 2010
Lindsey

Love this. Loved it when I first read it, love it even more now. A timely reminder that we are actually surrounded by grace. Thank you.

5 02 2010
whollyjeanne

oh how i love “3 strange angels” . . . and what lindsey said.

ps: always enjoy your images, too. nize.

5 02 2010
Kate T.W.

Oh D.H. Lawerence, Oh Ann Lamott, Oh Bindu Wiles… Such perfect medicine for me to share today, and to remember… Adore.

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