You who believe,
and you who sometimes believe and sometimes don’t believe much of anything,
and you who would give almost anything to believe if only you could.
You happy ones and you who can hardly remember what it was like once to be happy.
You who know where you’re going and how to get there
and you who much of the time aren’t sure you’re getting anywhere.
“Get up,” he says, all of you – all of you! –
and the power that is in him is the power to give life not just to the dead like the child,
but to those who are only partly alive,
which is to say to people like you and me
who much of the time live with our lives closed to the wild beauty and miracle of things, including the wild beauty and miracle of every day we live
and even of ourselves.
~Frederick Buechner -Originally published in Secrets in the Dark
May I never just be partly alive…
To be fully alive to the wild beauty and miracle of every day,
I also must know disappointment and discouragement
It is part of the package:
the shadows as well as the brilliance.
I heed the call to “get up!” no matter what.
I am called to be alive this day.