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?
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?