… why should I not sit, every morning of my life,
on the hillside, looking into the shining world?
Can one be passionate about the just, the
ideal, the sublime, and the holy, and yet commit
to no labor in its cause? I don’t think so.
Be ignited, or be gone.
~Mary Oliver from “What I Have Learned So Far”
How often do we miss the fainter note
Or fail to see the more exquisite hue,
Blind to the tiny streamlet at our feet,
Eyes fixed upon some other, further view.
What chimes of harmonies escape our ears,
How many rainbows must elude our sight,
We see a field but do not see the grass,
Each blade a miracle of shade and light.
How then to keep the greater end in eye
And watch the sunlight on the distant peak,
And yet not tread on any leaf of love,
Nor miss a word the eager children speak?
Ah, what demand upon the narrow heart,
To seek the whole, yet not ignore the part.
~Philip Britts “Sonnet 1” from Water at the Roots
We are born nearly blinded, focused solely on our emptiness – a hunger to be filled and our need to be held. As we grow, our focus sharpens to fall in love with those who feed and nurture us.
Eventually we discover, challenge and worship He who made us. I need to seek out and harvest the beauty growing in each moment.
This world is often too much for me to take in as a whole — an exquisite view of shadow and light, color and gray, loneliness and embrace, sorrow and joy.
With more years and a broader vision, I scan for the finer details within the whole before it disappears with the changing light. Time’s a wasting (and so am I) as I try to capture it all with the lenses of our eyes and hearts.
The end of life comes too soon, when once again my vision blurs and the world fades away from view. I will hunger yet again to be filled and held.
And then heaven itself will seem almost too much to take in – my heart full to bursting with light and promise for the rest of eternity.
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