Wednesay, March 29, 2023
This is what the Lord says…
“Forget the former things;
do not dwell on the past.
See, I am doing a new thing
Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?
I am making a way in the wilderness
and streams in the wasteland. —Isaiah 43:16, 18–19
Look well to the growing edge. All around us worlds are dying and new worlds are being born; all around us life is dying and life is being born. The fruit ripens on the tree, the roots are silently at work in the darkness of the earth against a time when there shall be new leaves, fresh blossoms, green fruit.
Such is the growing edge. It is the extra breath from the exhausted lung, the one more thing to try when all else has failed, the upward reach of life when weariness closes in upon all endeavor. This is the basis of hope in moments of despair, the incentive to carry on when times are out of joint and men and women have lost their reason, the source of confidence when worlds crash and dreams whiten into ash. Such is the growing edge incarnate. Look well to the growing edge. —Howard Thurman, Meditations of the Heart
Let me listen to the earth today, O God. Let me hear the roots silently at work in the darkness. Let me remember that underground begins the new life, forming in the murmuring soil. Let me trust in the way of the earth, knowing that soon and sooner something new will emerge at the growing edge. Let me look well to the growing edge. Amen. —The Reverend Dr. Katie Snipes Lancaster