Lightly child, lightly.


How does an apple ripen?

It just sits in the sun.

~ Thomas Merton, From Merton’s Palace of Nowhere by James Finley


  • Passage from James Finley:  “Merton once told me to quit trying so hard in prayer. He said, ‘How does an apple ripen? I just sits in the sun.’ A small green apple cannot ripen in one night by tightening all its muscles, squinting its eyes and tightening its jaw in order to find itself the next morning miraculously large, red, ripe and juicy beside its small green counterparts. Like the birth of a baby or the opening of a rose, the birth of true self takes place in God’s time.”
  • Photograph: Patty Maher with Claire in Exhibit A
  • Prior “Lightly child, lightly” Posts? Connect here.
  • Post Title & Inspiration: Aldous Huxley: “It’s dark because you are trying too hard. Lightly child, lightly. Learn to do everything lightly. Yes, feel lightly even though you’re feeling deeply. Just lightly let things happen and lightly cope with them.”




  1. I guess we have some things in common with an apple…have a gentle day, pal – & if you don’t want to ripen before your time, don’t stay in the sun too long..😉

    Liked by 2 people

  2. Merton was right. Believe me when I tell you this. Sun or no sun by the time you reach my age seventy three, you’re ripe. :o)

    Liked by 3 people

  3. Often in life, we want to speed up a process that cannot be hurried. 🙏🏻 #patience

    Liked by 1 person

  4. in it’s own time. unless it is blown off or attacked by a bird. )

    Liked by 1 person

  5. They ripen best without our interference. Lesson.

    Liked by 1 person

  6. I am going to quite sitting in the sun…though I really do not do much of it anyway–want to get no riper……(Red Green: I am not old, I am just ripe)

    Liked by 1 person

  7. “…in God’s time.”

    That same sun that shines bright on everything and everyone!

    Liked by 1 person

  8. Reblogged this on Quiet Confidence and commented:
    “Lightly child, lightly” I keep this quote next to favorite scripture and long a left note from my daughter reminding me not to worry. David Kanigan tells me what I already know and knew but, need to be told again. Prayer is trust and waiting. Striving is counterproductive to being the you God designed. This post is inspired by a quote from James Finley in which he, too reminds, “the birth of true self takes place in God’s time.”

    So, rewind Lisa and rethink your waking thoughts of “Oh, I must do better today! I must be more disciplined and more productive! I must be more of who God wants to be!” Instead, I begin again. I quietly trust the consistent me.

    Liked by 1 person

  9. Thank you for the redesign of my day.

    Liked by 1 person

  10. Reblogged this on It Is What It Is and commented:
    Slowly and patiently!!


  11. My heart needed to hear this today. 💛

    Liked by 1 person

  12. I’d like to see an apple tightening its jaw. Just once.

    Liked by 1 person

  13. Nice

    Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: