Lock, Stock, Barrel — Through and Through

It is just as if you lit a flame from a live flame:
It is the entire flame you receive.

–St. Symeon the New Theologian (949-1022)

There is no such thing as a little grace
or a little more grace
to let your little light shine.
The grace is just here, there and everywhere
and when you put the wick in that
eternal flame,
that which you take away is just the same
as the eternal flame from which it came.
It’s yours and it’s you —
lock, stock, barrel — through and through.


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