A Vision of Holiness



There are times of contemplation that result in visions and erupt in worship. These are the best of times: those unharnessed moments, untamed and fierce – where you hold on to the wave, only to wonder and ponder this Holy Wild.  This is prayer, as John Cassian would put it,

“[Creating] a fiery outbreak, an indescribable exaltation, an insatiable thrust of the soul. Free of what is sensed and seen, ineffable in its groans and sighs, the soul pours itself out to God.”  

Conference 10:11

A prayer like this is sensory and imaginative as it snatches for something of whom it holds. Though we seize little by virtue of our little hands, we nevertheless grasp “fistfuls of grace.” And we love to be rolled into the wonder of it all, the peels of thunder, the breaking waves, the full force of a mighty power. 

A Vision of Holiness

And it rolls
Like peels of thunder,
Like breaking waves,
Like crests of fire;
It undulates just above our heads.

And into the liquid fire raise our hands.
They become holy
Grasping fistfuls of grace,
Picking grapes of wrath.

Rise. Rise into the fearful power
The terrible beauty
The wonder of His holiness.

April 12/99 inspired by The Message rendition of Psalm 68:35

About R.H. (Rusty) Foerger

As I enter the third third of life, I am becoming aware of the role of elders today “to enlarge spiritual vision, being devoted to prayer, living in the face of death, as a living curriculum of the Christian life” (Dr. James M. Houston). I am a life long and life wide learner who seeks to: *decipher the enigma of our worth *rescue from the agony of prayerlessness *integrate spiritual friendship.
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6 Responses to A Vision of Holiness

  1. I heard this today and thought of your beautiful post. Thank you for your thoughts and words. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KJC_2kLuMN4


    • Thanks. I appreciate the words from your link to Lisa Gerrard’s song: “My precious love Can only come From above – In unity Is born a kiss Of dignity…” I resonate with the mystery of what (or who) dignifies us as persons. May you enrich others with your connections to beauty. r


  2. A Vision of Holiness is a stunning!


  3. Pingback: Fistfuls of Grace – Dark yet Lovely

  4. Pingback: When Prayer can be Itself | Curriculum of the Spiritual Life

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