Each month at our committee meetings, a member opens and another closes the meeting with a prayer or reading or reflection. Here are a few that we would like to share with our church family.
–From Meditations of John Muir. Nature’s Temple, compiled and edited by Chris Highland (2001): “Keep Close to Nature’s Heart”:
–From “Prayers for the Earth,” Time magazine (June 18, 2015) by Pope Francis:
–From Rilke’s Book of Hours: Love Poems to God, translated by Anita Barrows and Joanna Macy (Riverhead Books: 1996), 116-117:
How surely gravity’s law,
strong as an ocean current,
takes hold of even the smallest thing
and pulls it toward the heart of the world.
each stone, blossom, child is
held in place.
Only we, in our arrogance,
push out beyond what we each belong to
for some empty freedom.
If we surrendered
to earth’s intelligence
we could rise up rooted, like trees.
Instead we entangle ourselves
in knots of our own making
and struggle, lonely and confused.
So, like children, we begin again
to learn from the things,
because they are in God’s heart;
they have never left [God].
This is what the things can teach us:
patiently to trust our heaviness.
Even a bird has to do that
before he can fly.