Tag: poem

lady wisdom

A few years ago, my devotion journal highlighted Proverbs 8, a lovely and insightful text about Lady Wisdom or Sophia. As Holy Wisdom, she personifies the female aspects of God, and in the Proverbs passage, we learn she has been around since Creation. I… Continue Reading “lady wisdom”

Wendell Berry’s What We Need Is Here

Geese appear high over us, pass, and the sky closes. Abandon, as in love or sleep, holds them to their way, clear in the ancient faith: what we need is here. And we pray, not for new earth or heaven, but to be quiet… Continue Reading “Wendell Berry’s What We Need Is Here”

Ruth Williams’ Paso Doble

Each day is a blessing of epic proportions. I give thanks for what might seem meager comforts: real cream in my coffee, a day without a bill in the mail, the Paso Doble. Sometimes life is a dance a woman has to do backwards… Continue Reading “Ruth Williams’ Paso Doble”

a gentle reminder

Go placidly amid the noise and haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence. As far as possible without surrender be on good terms with all persons. Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even the dull and the… Continue Reading “a gentle reminder”

the value of keeping quiet

This past Sunday, my morning message at the contemplative service focused on the scripture of Mary and Martha, two women who shared their hospitality with Jesus in two very different ways–Marth, just doing and Mary, just being.  [for the text, you can read here]… Continue Reading “the value of keeping quiet”

Mary Oliver’s Morning Poem

Morning Poem by Mary Oliver   Every morning the world is created. Under the orange sticks of the sun the heaped ashes of the night turn into leaves again   and fasten themselves to the high branches — and the ponds appear like black… Continue Reading “Mary Oliver’s Morning Poem”

a prayer in Spring

A Prayer in Spring Oh, give us pleasure in the flowers to-day; And give us not to think so far away As the uncertain harvest; keep us here All simply in the springing of the year. Oh, give us pleasure in the orchard white,… Continue Reading “a prayer in Spring”

love does that

All day long a little burro labors, sometimes with heavy loads on her back and sometimes just with worries about things that bother only burros. And worries, as we know, can be more exhausting than physical labor. once in a while a kind monk… Continue Reading “love does that”

giving thanks for Richard Blanco’s “One Today”

There have been times in my life when the written word has captured such truth, honesty, and hope that I have been brought to tears–Monday was one of them.  Richard Blanco’s inaugural poem “One Today” was planted in my soul on Monday, and so… Continue Reading “giving thanks for Richard Blanco’s “One Today””

a poem as lovely as a tree

Tonight as I as was reading the insightful responses to this morning’s blogpost, I remembered a poem that my third grade teacher used to recite to us.  I quickly googled it and read it again after all these years.  Needless to say, I could… Continue Reading “a poem as lovely as a tree”