I CAN’T TAKE MY EYES OFF OF YOU

Today’s Prayer to Passage will be from the book “Beloved” by Toni Morrison.

Today I pray, “Dear God, There is a final scene in the film ‘Closer’ that is on my mind today. Jane Jones is at the airport, about to clear customs from an overseas flight back to the United States. Throughout the entire film, she is depicted as disarming, a euphimism for weak. It is in the final scene that we learn of her actual name, Jane Jones. Throughout the entire story, the weak Jane Jones was involved with a man who was excrutiatingly lost. He knew her only as “Alice Ayres”, which he had believed was her real name. After all, the man stands alone at a cemetery he had visited with “Alice” at the beginning of their relationship. He is startled to notice a headstone which reads, “ALICE AYRES — DAUGHTER OF A BRICKLAYER’S LABOURER — WHO BY INTREPID CONDUCT SAVED THREE CHILDREN.”
And “Alice”, Jane, keeps her story, her empowerment, her virtue, her grace, and her intrepid conduct in saving lives. Her legacy. Thank You for this. Amen.”

Following my prayer, I held the closed book in my hands and opened it to this passage:

“In trying to make the slave experiment intimate, I hoped the sense of things being both under control and out of control would be persuasive throughout; that the order and quietude of everyday life would be violently disrupted by the chaos of the needy dead; that the herculean effort to forget would be threatened by memory desperate to stay alive. To render enslavement as a personal experience, language must first get out of the way.”
—TONI MORRISON

The infinity of this peril is miraculous. And any challenge can be overcome. There is possibility in this. And bliss is in my future. Bliss is in our future.

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