Snow Day

It’s snowing. Our church gathering tomorrow, April 17th is CANCELLED. The weekend is meant to stay inside: huddle under a blanket and read, play games with our housemates, take a nap and fall into God’s rhythms of grace. Time to abide in Jesus that we might rest and be renewed and go into the week and the spring to be fruitful.

May one of the things you read be John 10. Jesus talks about being our Good Shepherd. Quiet days like these present the opportunity to listen to the voice of the one who calls us and loves us.

I saw the poem below the other day, it was lifted up by an author I follow, Parker Palmer. May we be mindful of God’s beautiful creation and to adapt the last line – “the prayers that are made out of snow”. Enjoy.

See you next week.

Grace be with you,


Every day
  I see or hear
      that more or less

kills me
  with delight,
    that leaves me
      like a needle

in the haystack
  of light.
    It is what I was born for—
      to look, to listen,

to lose myself
  inside this soft world –
    to instruct myself
      over and over

in joy,
  and acclamation.
    Nor am I talking
      about the exceptional,

the fearful, the dreadful,
  the very extravagant –
    but of the ordinary,
      the common, the very drab,

the daily presentations.
  Oh, good scholar,
    I say to myself,
      how can you help

but grow wise
  with such teachings
    as these—
      the untrimmable light

of the world,
  the ocean’s shine,
    the prayers that are made
      out of grass?
-- Mary Oliver

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