What a darkroom is to a picture, a kiln is to clay cup.
In the one, light is frozen, in the other shape.
Though we need to be pliable for further ongoing shaping by the Lord,
a time comes when shape needs to be fixed…final,
for only a vessel harden by fire can hold the sacred blood of Jesus,
can be a cup of grace out-poured in love upon the other.
Prayer-time is the kiln. Motion ceases.
The fire of the Word icreases until the formless in us
takes on the shape of the Creator, until it is set,
able to withstand being reshaped by the preferences of others.
Stay in the kiln until your shape is set.
Alphabytes are object meditations
that move through the alphabet two times
in the course of the fifty-two weeks in the year.
“Kiln” introduces the Sixth Week in Epiphany:
winter in the north, summer in the south.
To view all of them, see the menu option Alphabytes.