Friday, June 20, 2014


I've been meditating on these words and images from the Tree of Life (Terrence Malick, 2011).  Enjoy.

The nuns taught us there are two ways through life...
The way of Nature
And the way of Grace. 
You have to choose which one you'll follow.

Grace doesn't try to please itself. 

Accepts being slighted, forgotten, disliked. 
Accepts insults and injuries.
Nature only wants to please itself. 

Get others to please it too. 
Likes to lord it over them. 
To have its own way. 

It finds reasons to be unhappy--
When all the world is shining around it,
When love is smiling through all things.
They taught us that no one who loves the way of grace

Ever comes to a bad end.

Lord, why? Where were you?
Did you know what happened? 
Do you care? 

Help each other. 
Love everyone. 
Every leaf. 
Every ray of light. 

The only way to be happy is to love. Unless you love, your life will flash by.

1 comment:

  1. Uh, love this movie so much! Some of these quotes remind me of what Jason Upton was talking about last night.