Ends and Means

On the insistent impulse toward redemption.

close up photo of person holding assorted flavor ice cream on cone

Language, in its majestic tyranny, if it had its human origins around the time when Adam went around naming the creatures, might be blamed for the way that he then forgot to see them. And if the first visionary made fire, it’s hard not to wonder what moved her, in the moments when she crossed back from the word to the first spark.

A common scene: you’re on a bench somewhere and a parent is telling the child with the ice cream cone, Careful! Hold it up! when it is clearly only a matter of time. You watch the child, see the cone fall. Now everyone is paying attention. Oh well! is one response. Another is Too late now!

It is, as a matter of fact, too late for that once-perfect cone to be salvaged. And yet, show me a parent who is not at least gut-level moved to offer a reminder of the promise of salvation, by proving that even the fallen cone may be followed by another. Who, if there is enough money and ice cream to go around, does not want ––on some level–– to perform the promise in living form, to say, Here and See and It’s Okay? They might resist on principle or principled pathology, but still. Some inherited impulse to embody hope in renewal and redemption has a way of pushing. 

It is either too late or just beginning

or both


Author: Stacey C. Johnson

I keep watch and listen, mostly in dark places.

3 thoughts on “Ends and Means”

  1. Prolific and profound! You write with energy and reason. Redeeming again with further instruction. Or to provide knowing a small hand can not handle salvation nor keep it. Like the ice cream cone place in a cup or I shall hold it while you feast on it. The parent wants their child to enjoy! I really enjoyed your perspective.

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