Joy beyond the walls of the world (Buechner)

"yet the tears that come to our eyes at the joy of the fairy tale are nevertheless essentially joyous tears because what we have caught a glimpse of, however fleeting, is joy itself, the triumph, if not of goodness, at least of hope. And i do not think it is entirely fanciful to say that it is not only in fairy tales that we have glimpsed it."

...if you still have something more than just eyes to see with, the world can give you these glimpses as well as fairy tales can--the smell of rain, the dazzle of sun on white clapboard with the shadows of ferns and wash on the line, the wildnesss of a winter storm when in the house the flame of a candle doesn't even flicker.

The world can give us such glimpses, and dreams can too sometimes--the dreams you wake up from without being quite able to remember them yet, with the knowledge that you are somehow the better for having dreamed them, dreams that erase old hurts and failures and start a kind of healing...The joy beyond the walls of the world more poignant than grief."

--Frederick Buechner (Telling the Truth)