High and Holy, Contrite and Lowly

“What’s beyond the model is the most compelling thing.”

All the Light We Cannot SeeIn this single sentence the Pulitzer Prize winning novelist, Anthony Doerr, summarizes a fundamental longing. It’s as if we recognize that there is something beyond what we can see and touch and feel, as if we live in a wooden model and if we could only break out of it we would touch the transcendent, the real, the other.

Today’s passage is all about our quest for the most compelling thing, and about the tragedy of what we do in pursuit of it. But at the same time it holds out hope that broken people like us can, in fact, get beyond the model.

Title: High and Holy, Contrite and Lowly

Text: Isaiah 56.9–57.21


  • longing
  • emptiness
  • transcendence


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