LET none despair of any grace, however remote from their original lot.
I once looked over a fine collection of old Venetian glass vessels.
By no means, I suppose, were any two of these precisely similar, not a mould from without but a breath or a blast from within having shaped them.
Some perhaps might be described as quaint, others certainly as elegant, many, if not all, as beautiful.
But the point of beauty which astonished me was that one or more of the specimens had caught, as it were, a momentary grace such as charms us in many flowers. Such a contour, a curve, an attitude if I may so call it, did here or there one of these old glasses exhibit, as a petrified blossom bell might retain, or as flexibility itself or motion might show forth if these could be embodied and arrested.
Inert glass moulded from within caught the semblance of such an alien grace.
Now God's grace moulds us from within.