You do not have to be good.
You do not have to walk on your knees
for a hundred miles through the desert repenting.
You only have to let the soft animal of your body
love what it loves.Tell me about despair, yours, and I will tell you mine.
Meanwhile the world goes on.
Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain
are moving across the landscapes,
over the prairies and the deep trees,
the mountains and the rivers.
Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air,
are heading home again.
Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,
the world offers itself to your imagination,
calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting --
over and over announcing your place
in the family of things.
Read Revelation 7:9-17
What does it mean to praise God with the words of verse 12?
"Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom
and thanksgiving and honor
and power and might
be to our God forever and ever! Amen."
I will not Hurry.
I will not hurry through this day! Lord, I will listen by the way,
To humming bees and singing birds, To murmuring trees and friendly words;
And for the moments inbetween
Seek glimpses of Thy great unseen.
I will not hurry through this day, I will take time to think and pray;
I will look up into the sky, Where fleecy clouds and swallows fly;
And somewhere in the day, maybe I will catch whispers, Lord, from Thee!
Ralph Spaulding Cushman
May the God of hope fill us with all joy and peace in believing through the power of the Holy Spirit. Amen.