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Wendell Berry, The Peace of Wild Things

The Weekly Word:
is an invitation to reflect on how God speaks to us through poetry, literature, and the visual arts. Share your reflections here so that we can join together on this journey of faith throughout the week.

 

Wendell Berry, The Peace of Wild Things
When despair for the world grows in me
and I wake in the night at the least sound
in fear of what my life and my children’s lives may be,
I go and lie down where the wood drake
rests in his beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds.
I come into the peace of wild things
who do not tax their lives with forethought
of grief. I come into the presence of still water.
And I feel above me the day-blind stars
waiting with their light. For a time
I rest in the grace of the world, and am free.

 

For Reflection:
Where do you turn for peace when your life gets hectic or the news is just too overwhelming? Where do you find yourself able to reconnect with God and be at peace with the world? Cherish that place, and return to it frequently to be reminded of God’s care for you and for creation.

Marilyn Robinson, Gilead

golden wheat field and sunny dayThe Weekly Word: is an invitation to reflect on how God speaks to us through poetry, literature, and the visual arts. Share your reflections below so we can join together on this journey of faith throughout the week.

 

Marilyn Robinson, Gilead
“Theologians talk about a prevenient grace that precedes grace itself and allows us to accept it. I think there must also be a prevenient courage that allows us to be brave – that is, to acknowledge that there is more beauty than our eyes can bear, that precious things have been put into our hands and to do nothing to honor them is to do great harm. And therefore, this courage allows us, as the old men said, to make ourselves useful…This is an interesting planet. It deserves all the attention you can give it.”

 

For Reflection:
It takes great courage to be truly present to the world around us. In what ways has God given you this courage? In what ways does Christ model this courage for us? How can we respond to the courage of Christ in order “to make ourselves useful” in God’s service?

William Stafford, You Reading This, Be Ready

The Weekly Word: is an invitation to reflect on how God speaks to us through poetry, literature, and the visual arts. Share your reflections online so that we can join together on this journey of faith throughout the week.

William Stafford, You Reading This, Be Ready
from There’s a Thread You Follow (1993)

Starting here, what do you want to remember?
How sunlight creeps along a shining floor?
What scent of old wood hovers, what softened
sound from outside fills the air?

Will you ever bring a better gift for the world
than the breathing respect that you carry
wherever you go right now? Are you waiting
for time to show you some better thoughts?

When you turn around, starting here, lift this
new glimpse that you found; carry into evening
all that you want from this day. This interval you spent
reading or hearing this, keep it for life –

What can anyone give you greater than now,
starting here, right in this room, when you turn around?

For Reflection:
Pause and appreciate the small moments: what sights, sounds, smells, and tastes do you look forward to this season? What seasonal traditions do you celebrate and why are they important to you? Where do you find God in these moments?

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