…and then there was joy, a fall devotional.

Wednesday, September 15, 2021


Katie Snipes Lancaster

Pray without ceasing.
1 Thessalonians 5:17

A Look at Joy
I swear
my way now will be
to continue without
plan or hope, to accept
the drift of things, to shift
from endless effort
to joy in, say,
that robin, plunging
into the mossy shallows
of my bird bath and
splashing madly till
the air shines with spray.
Joy it will be, say,
in Nancy, pretty in pink
and rumpled T-shirt,
rubbing sleep from her eyes, or
joy even in
just this breathing, free
of fright and clutch, knowing
how one’s ship comes in
with each such breath.

(“One’s Ship Comes In” by Joe Paddock, from Dark Dreaming, Global Dimming, 2009).

God of sleep and sunrise,
let us “accept the drift of things”
as we shift and swing
from one day to the next.
And, in that way,
within us build
an effortless joy,
breath by breath,
day by day.

September 15, 2021

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