Today my prayer offering is a Celtic poem that reminds us to stop and see the world around us, To see the creator in all that we encounter. The Pearl of Great Price will be found not in your wallet, or fame, rather it is in the a field of flowers bright with sunshine, an elderly person who welcomes your presence, a babe in arms who snuggles into your heart. Let those who have eyes to see and hears to hear.
The Bright Field
I have seen the sun break through
to illuminate a small field
for a while, and gone on my way
and forgotten it. But that was the pearl
of great price, the one field that had
the treasure in it. I realize now
that I must give all that I have
to possess it. Life is not hurrying
on to a receding future, nor hankering after
an imagined past. It is the turning
“. . . a wind from God swept over the face of the waters.” Genesis 1:2b, NRSV
I am sure all of you noticed we had a big windstorm 2 weeks ago. John and I lost our power on Saturday just before noon and didn’t get it back until after 3 pm on Sunday. For those of us in Edmonds that was a really long time. Normally our power losses are quite short due to the presence of the Hospital and the transit center so close to us, but not this time. What has been most frustrating for John and me is the lost of our internet, which we still don’t have, because we both have things to do. While I gladly gave up internet access when we were on Holiday in the spring I was not quite so happy without this time. I have things to do such as writing for my blogs, ordering pet food, doing activities for ...
“A world without a Sabbath would be like a man without a smile, like summer without flowers, and like a homestead without a garden. It is the most joyous day of the week.” -- Henry Ward Beecher
Sabbath, according to scholars, is a day to rest from changing creation. To rest from being industrious. A day to step into the creation as a whole. Instead of picking the flowers, we look at them. Instead of mowing the grass, we smell it. Instead of cooking fancy meals, perhaps a simpler approach (for some of us)!
Additionally, in our resting from consuming creation, we can offer something into it. Build a Lego castle! Paint a picture. Become one with the musical instrument of your choice! It is here that the rub and tension of resting from creation while entering into creating can become a l...