Manna Meditations, Day 7
Lord, preach to me a gospel
of ordinary things:
a snatch of sky, caught in a puddle …
tree-shadows, spangling the pavement …
Remind me that all the earth is a cathedral —
one not built by human hands.
For You told us, once,
that if we human creatures couldn’t praise You,
the stones would cry out.
And You promised us
that a day would come
when the mountains and hills
would burst into song —
every green tree clapping its hands.
And I am thinking:
This age-old earth was here before Adam,
singing Your song, before stained-glass
or even Scripture.
Rotting logs and fallen limbs,
silent stones, ice-slicked streams,
eagles and herons and small nameless birds,
wood beetles and pill-bugs, lank eyeless worms …
Oh, Lord … these were Your first worshippers.
And it occurs to me now: they have been trying to teach us ever since.
The moss-covered stone,
who meditates without moving,
who rests, and waits,
and sings without speaking a word.
The ancient oak,
who lifts her head to the light,
quivers & dances, shimmies and sways,
shaking each leaf in shameless undignified praise.
which drops to its knees a thousand times a day —
perpetually prostrate, slain in the Spirit,
as if that’s what it was made for.
(And maybe it was.)
And the birds …
oh, Lord! the sparrows
(not one of which, You are quick to point out,
falls from the nest without Your notice).
Even now, Lord, the sparrows are singing …
in bitter cold.
They hop and dance circles in the snow,
laugh and leap and shout out their songs …
raucous rebels, they don’t care who hears.
I have made much complaining about Your silence.
So let me not miss this gospel You’ve been singing me
every day, outside my window,
whether I notice it