Saturday, May 20, 2023
And they were calling to one another:
“Holy, holy, holy is the Lord Almighty;
the whole earth is full of his glory.” —Isaiah 6:3
When despair for the world grows in me
and I wake in the night at the least sound
in fear of what my life and my children’s lives may be,
I go and lie down where the wood drake
rests in his beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds.
I come into the peace of wild things
who do not tax their lives with forethought
of grief. I come into the presence of still water.
And I feel above me the day-blind stars
waiting with their light. For a time
I rest in the grace of the world, and am free. —Wendell Berry, The Peace of the Wild Things And Other Poems
Let your grace set me free to know your glory in the day-blind stars, in the wood drake at rest upon the water, in the great heron feeding there amid the possibility of wild peace. Give me still waters. Give me release from worry. Give me the grace of the world. Amen. —The Reverend Dr. Katie Snipes Lancaster