this is neither sexual nor gendered
he sees the divine and calls it forth
with eye contact
or a tip
a friendly smile
a casual gesture
the invocation that rolls off his tongue
is music to the ears
the recipient: caught off guard and delighted
to be included in the beauty he pronounces
it is production
the average joe is sanctified under his gaze
It is grace.
inspired by a man at church (one very dear to my heart) who makes everyone he meets feel special.
I am reminded of Theresa of Avila’s “Christ has no body”. Particularly the line: “Yours are the eyes with which he looks compassion on this world.”
I want to learn to love people this way.