Day 8
Thursday, September 8, 2022

Scripture
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love the Lord, who have been called according to God’s purpose. — Romans 8:28

Wisdom
And what is this wild summons? What art is asked of us? The gift offered is different for each but all are equal in grandeur. To paint, draw, dance, compose. To write songs, poems, letters, diaries, prayers. To set a violet on the sill; stitch a quilt; bake bread; plant marigolds, beans, apple trees. To follow the track of the forest elk, the neighborhood cyote, the cupboard mouse. To open the windows, air the beds, sweep clean the corners. To hold the child’s hand, listen to the vagrant’s story, paint the elder friend’s fingernails a delightful shade of pink while wrapped in a blanket she knit with the deft young fingers of her past. To wander paths, nibble purslane, notice spiders. To be rained upon. To listen with changed ears and sing back what we hear.  —Lyanda Lynn Haupt, Mozart’s Starling

Prayer
Spirit of the wild summons, rise up to meet us this day as we listen with changed ears and sing back your song. Amen. —The Reverend Dr. Katie Snipes Lancaster