Anne Cameron Cutri

Anne Cameron Cutri
Northern, Pennsylvania, USA
November 09
This blog is about the journey from here to there. Early posts have devotional poetry and prose with scripture included. Many deal with the difficulty of having people in my life who are living with cancer and have died from cancer. Now I'm focusing on going back to college in my 50's and discovering a new path to direct my art--which is art therapy. _________________________________________ All of the artwork I created unless otherwise noted. If you'd like to buy one of my paintings or contact me to say oh, give me a million dollars to help me in my artistic endeavors : See my art and purchase prints here: orginals: merchandise: __________________________________________ The scriptures are usually taken from the New Revised Standard w/ apocrypha or the New King James.

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MARCH 11, 2011 11:54AM

A Lenten Reflection with Isak Dinesen

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This is an exerpt from the book; Isak Dinesen’s Seven Gothic Tales, “The Deluge at Norderney”

“Well, then,” said Miss Malin, “where in all the world did you get the idea that the Lord wants the truth from us? It is a strange, a most original, idea of yours, My Lord. Why, he knows it already, and may even have found it a little bit dull. Ttuth is for tailors and shoemakers, My Lord. I, on the contrary, have always held that the Lord has a penchant for masquerades. Do you not yourself tell us, my lords spiritual, that our trials are really blessings in disguise? And so they are. I, too, have found them to be so, at midnight, at the hour when the mask falls. But at the same time nobody can deny that they have been dressed up by the hand of an unrivaled expert. The Lord himself--with your permission--seems to me to have been masquerading pretty freely at the time when he took on flesh and dwelt amongst us. Indeed had I been the hostess of the wedding of Cana, I might have resented the feat a little--I might, I tell you, My Lord--had I there asked that brilliant youth, the carpenter’s son, in order to give him a treat on my best Berncastler Doktor, and he had, at the moment when it suited him, changed pure water into a far finer vintage! And still the lady did not know, of course, of what things he was really capable, being God Almighty."

"Indeed, My Lord,” she went on, “of all the monarchs of whom I have ever heard, the one who came, to my mind, nearest to the true spirit of God was the Caliph Haroun of Bagdad, who, as you know, had a taste for disguise. Ah, ah! had I lived in his day I should have played the game with him to his own taste, should I have had to pick up five hundred beggars before knocking against the Commander of the Faithful under the beggar’s robe. And when I have, in my life come nearest to playing the role of a goddess, the very last thing which I have wanted from my worshipers has been truth. ‘Make poetry,’ I have said to them ‘use your imagination, disguise the truth to me. Your truth comes out quite early enough’--under your favor, My Lord--’and that is the end of the game.’


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This is a mask my cousin Lily made when she was a child.


I found this part the tale something to ponder, particulary I, who is continually seeking the truth. It is true the Lord already knows the truth of us, and how much I do like a masquerade of laying down the pretty things with paint and brush. Am I covering up the truth or creating my own? Today as Japan was struck with the biggest earthquake ever. Today as politicians covertly plan to take away our rights, or create another beautiful or fearful lie to justify killing. Today in America, children are going hungry. What mask is God hiding behind?



Our priest had a very short but consise homily about this Lenten Season; being a time to upgrade our system. Like a computer, when the window pops up to upgrade the system, we can either do it now or later. Often we hit the button, remind me later not wanting to take the time to deal with it at that moment. It is the same thing with us, we must take the time to reflect and change our patterns. We must stop what we're doing, slow down and reflect to eliminate some distractions that keep us from allowing God to upgrade our system. We can try to meditate on, this Lenten season, what is blocking or masking us from allowing God to unveil in us a part of ourselves that could truly make a difference.

Al Thomas had this to say as part of his blog, How to stay encouraged when everything else is falling apart:

Life in Jesus is easy when we recognize that He can appear in a vast array of disguises, ready to become visible in any circumstance or through any vessel. Jesus can be mistaken for a gardener (John 20:15) or a stranger (Luke 24:16). When we are in union with the Master, we will be amazed at how He will suddenly manifest Himself to us. The Lord will sometimes speak through the most unlikely vessels, like you and me.

I pray that I do not masquerade for long, that I take off the masks that stifle my vision toward Gad and in turn, reveal a little more of God, so that I have the wisdom not to hide, but to change; to change myself and the world around me. I pray that I do not grow weary, but that my faith is increased, equal to the task. Let me see the Lord in whatever vessel He chooses.


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Thank you for always sharing such thought-provoking spiritual thoughts with us.
Love the whole idea of this. Upgrading ones system should always be there somewhere at some time. I also like, Am I covering up the truth or creating my own?
A great reflection and a beautiful prayer at the end. I will use it often during this lenten season.
Alysa,Algis, and Tea Tom, thank you for your kind comments.
Anne, I can't imagine a truer soul than yours.
Amen. This is a beautiful prayer.
heartfelt prayer, the masks we don to survive sometimes, also keep us hidden even from those who love us. Lovely post and lovely new photo.
Annaliese: such a sweet thing to say, but still so much to learn.

Suresh, I also am inspired by your posts.

Rita: that is for sure, but in the quiet alone time with God that is where we need no masks.
As you know, I'm not an observer - I don't know if Lent began last Wednesday or begins this next- nor would I know what to do about it if I knew, but the way you expand on your priest's sermon here reaches me ( as so often happens here ) and I'm grateful, thank you.
I think this is a post for the non-believers too ;-)
Kim, it is for everyone, it just so happens to be Lent for some who observe it. Since I was reading these tales now it somehow tied in to the priest's homily. I have to use other's inspiration because I'm not annointed or it is not the season for psalms any more. When I was doing those something else was driving me. Not so now. I'm glad you were able to relate!
This is beautiful and well done. I'm sorry I missed this when it first came out. I just read a book titled, TOO BUSY NOT TO PRAY by Bill Hybels. I think you would really like it. In it he guides the reader how to listen to God.
I hear you about continuously seeking the truth. Bravo!
Patricia, Thank you! I'll have to look into that book it sounds interesting.

Algis: To what do I owe the kindness of two visits and comments? I have a new blog stirring, I swear, hoping to send more inspiration to the OS internet waves!