Sit & Think Awhile

"On a summer morning                                          
I sat down
on a hillside
to think about God
a worthy pastime.
Near me, I saw
a single cricket;
it was moving the grains of the hillside
this way and that way.
How great was its energy,
how humble its effort.
Let us hope
it will always be like this,
each of us going on
in our inexplicable ways
building the universe."
-  Mary Oliver, "Song of the Builders"

I love Mary Oliver’s poetry. I have a couple volumes of her poems.  I’ve loved these past few summer-like days, even though it’s really still spring.  The warmth, the rain now and then, the long days and the beautiful sunsets. What a beautiful time.

This excerpt brings two thoughts to mind:

- Thinking about God is important work.
- I have my little part in to help make the world a better place.

What opportunities might I fit into my schedule to sit down and think about God?   Unfortunately, it likely must be scheduled or I won’t get to it.  And, how might I begin to see even the mundane and little things I have to do as a divine calling from God?  Can I begin to see that I am a necessary part of the continuing sage of creation?

One of the reasons I like poetry is that all too often, poems offer the gift of interrupting my thoughts and busyness to find the Holy Spirit.

Creative God, inspire us to find moments to just sit and think of you.   Remind us that our lives have meaning. Thank you for the gift of summertime.  Amen.

Vikki Luce

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