Pilgrim at Tinker Creek - Study Guide Chapter 6, Section 3 Summary & Analysis

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Dillard believes flowing water is healing. She imagines the water flowing towards her from far upstream. Dillard always looks upstream, never downstream. The future is upstream. The future is light on the water and a spirit.

"Trees stir memories; live waters heal them." Dillard believes that her time at Tinker Creek is when she is healed of both her pain and errors. The creek is an impartial forgiver. Dillard's section of Tinker Creek is sprinkled with large rocks, which enliven the water, creating healing sounds. As Dillard stands staring upstream, she realizes that this moment is the present. She believes the ever-flowing creek is the answer to Thomas Merton's prayer, "'Give us time!"' Dillard now knows that she can not chase the present and catch it. She must wait patiently, and the present will replenish her. She visualizes the present...

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