As I’ve been writing this series of posts this week, I’ve been thinking of another incredible movie scene that has long stayed in my mind.
Child actress, Patty Duke, as the young Helen Keller… wildly fighting, fighting, fighting against the tyranny that seems all around her as teacher Annie Sullivan (played by Anne Bancroft) forces flying fingers once more into her palm. And the sudden stillness… prison door-opening awareness…that flashes like a sun ray bursting through, setting her face aglow…as she finally understands Annie’s code message. Love…placed there as star of wonder in her hand… it’s radiance illuminating so many no longer-pent-up words expressed over and into her soul!
“More, more, more!” her enlightened spirit groans with oh so exuberant joy then! Living water and words gushing into her life…and forevermore out of her heart…for all who will hear…
And how I’ve often thought about looking up her books in the library (and still need to!), because I know she had luminescent insights in her emerald heart. Utterly shut out from the world’s sunlight and music, she knew the light and symphony of the Holy Spirit so fine-tuned in her spirit. And His majesty and Heart burst forth from her words to us – much as that water revelation flowed over her hands and unlocked her need and ability to share.
Once I knew only darkness and stillness… my life was without past or future… but a little word from the fingers of another fell into my hand that clutched at emptiness, and my heart leaped to the rapture of living.
~ Helen Keller
Googling her name for quotes, I found some royal beauties that bloom and spill from her fingers like petals gently falling…for you…for me… A garden of emerald* (If you are new to this series, please click here – Emerald 🙂 – to read the background connotation to this word), and hope-giving legacy from her heart. I can only imagine her gasp of joy, the humble wonder in her spirit, the first time she beheld the radiant gardens of heaven and He said to her, “Well done good and faithful servant…”
As you meander by below, take time to breathe in the fragrance of each one of her cultivated blooms here… a little Helen Keller emerald for this Saturday in June…
Literature is my Utopia. Here I am not disenfranchised. No barrier of the senses shuts me out from the sweet, gracious discourses of my book friends. They talk to me without embarrassment or awkwardness.
Many people know so little about what is beyond their short range of experience. They look within themselves – and find nothing! Therefore they conclude that there is nothing outside themselves either.
It is wonderful how much time good people spend fighting the devil. If they would only expend the same amount of energy loving their fellow men, the devil would die in his own tracks of ennui. (I know the pronunciation, but was unsure of the meaning: Ennui… the feeling of weariness and dissatisfaction)
Unless we form the habit of going to the Bible in bright moments as well as in trouble, we cannot fully respond to its consolations because we lack equilibrium between light and darkness.
What we have once enjoyed we can never lose. All that we love deeply becomes a part of us.
~ Helen Keller
“Every lap we run with integrity [in life] makes a difference, matters to God…and opens a door to the next generation.”
~ Phil Munsey
Today, I’m grateful for Helen’s legacy of words and thought … emerald, to my heart.
She reminds me we have all come out of a world of dark, when taking His ever-outstretched Hand and stepping into His light…
Does one or more of her words speak something lovely or timely to you?
© Pam Depoyan
I’d like to link this post today to The Other Side Of The Mountain at Claire’s Tea Party. For her lovely thoughts seem interwoven with this idea of an emerald legacy… Go over and sip of her spirit-warming tea! 🙂