Excerpts from Madeline L’Engle’s “Walking on Water”

“The only way we can brush against the hem of the Lord…is to have the courage, the faith, to abandon control.”

“The deepest communion with God is beyond words, on the other side of silence.”

“It is a frightening thing to open oneself to this strange and dark side of the divine; it means letting go our sane self-control, that control which gives us the illusion of safety.  But safety is only an illusion, and letting it go is part of listening to the silence, and to the Spirit.”

“If we are forced to accept our evident lack of qualification, then there’s no danger that we will confuse God’s work with our own, or God’s glory with our own.”

“We have to be braver than we think we can be, because God is constantly calling us to be more than we are, to see through plastic sham to living, breathing reality, and to break down our defenses of self-protection in order to be free to receive and give love.”

“It is not easy for me to be a Christian, to believe twenty-four hours a day all that I want to believe.  I stray, and then my stories pull me back if I listen to them carefully.  I have often been asked if my Christianity affects my stories, and surely it is the other way around; my stories affect my Christianity, restore me, shake me by the scruff of the neck, and pull this straying sinner into an awed faith.”

“…Love, which trusts God so implicitly despite the cloud (and is not the cloud a sign of God?), that it is brave enough to ask questions, no matter how fearful.”

“The creative artist is one who carries within him the wound of transcendence.”

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