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Rector's Reflection for March 26, 2014

posted Apr 18, 2014, 2:34 PM by Parish Administrator



Perhaps you, like me, find yourself yearning for spring.  It is becoming harder and harder for me to appreciate the day, especially when that day promises sub-freezing temperatures.  It a particular moment of bitter disgruntlement, the following poem emerged from the clutter on my desk.


Praise What Comes

Suprising as unplanned kisses, all you haven’t deserved

Of days and solitude, your body’s immoderate good health

That lets you work in many kinds of weather. Praise.


Talk with just about anyone.  And quiet intervals, books:

that are your food and your hunger, nightfall and walks

before sleep.  Praising these for practice, perhaps


you will come at last to praise grief and the wrongs

you never intended.  At the end there may be no answers

and only a few very simple questions: did I love,


finish my tasks in the world? Learn at least one

of the many names of God?  At the intersections,

the boundaries where one life began and another


ended, the jumping-off places between fear and

possibility, at the ragged edges of pain,

did I catch the smallest glimpse of the holy?


                                                                                          “praise what comes” from The Light of Invisible Bodies

                                                                                                                                                  Jeanne Lohmann