Monday, October 18, 2021

Katie Snipes Lancaster

Scripture
But let all who take refuge in you rejoice;
let them ever sing for joy.
Psalm 5:11

A Look at Joy
If you suddenly and unexpectedly feel joy,
don’t hesitate. Give in to it. There are plenty
of lives and whole towns destroyed or about
to be. We are not wise, and not very often

kind. And much can never be redeemed.
Still, life has some possibility left. Perhaps this
is its way of fighting back, that sometimes
something happens better than all the riches

or power in the world. It could be anything,
but very likely you notice it in the instant
when love begins. Anyway, that’s often the

case. Anyway, whatever it is, don’t be afraid
of its plenty. Joy is not made to be a crumb.

(Mary Oliver “Don’t Hesitate” from Swan: Poems and Prose Poems).

Prayer
O Sacred Meal,
Spirit made known in bread and cup,
“Joy is not made to be a crumb”
so feed us with such joy
That we might know you.
Amen.