I love it when something moves me to tears with its simple beauty. It’s one of the things I love most about books and movies, art in general really– the ability of an artist to capture something so true and beautiful that it shoots straight through my heart. I once heard someone say that if a piece of art moves you to tears, you know there’s TRUTH in it. I get that.
A few years back, my friends and I watched a short black and white film I’d never heard of called A Christmas Memory. It stars Geraldine Page and is based on Truman Capote’s autobiographical novella, which I had also never heard of I’m ashamed to say.
It’s a gorgeous story, one of those I wish with all my heart that I had written. And by the end, I was awash in tears. There’s a line that I can quote by heart and that is, I think, maybe my favorite line in all of literature or film. (Now, that’s saying something.)
“My, how foolish I am! You know what I’ve always thought? I’ve always thought a body would have to be sick and dying before they saw the Lord. And I imagined that when He came it would be like looking at the Baptist window: pretty as colored glass with the sun pouring through, such a shine you don’t know it’s getting dark. And it’s been a comfort: to think of that shine taking away all the spooky feeling. But I’ll wager it never happens. I’ll wager at the very end a body realizes the Lord has already shown Himself. That things as they are, just what they’ve always seen, was seeing Him. As for me, I could leave the world with today in my eyes.”
― Truman Capote, A Christmas Memory
As for me, I could leave the world with today in my eyes.
And thank You.