I lead a contemplative class on Sunday mornings. This week, one reading we had was from Mary Oliver’s Thirst.
It doesn’t have to be
the blue iris, it could be
weeds in a vacant lot, or a few
small stones, just
pay attention, then patch
a few words together and don’t try
to make them elaborate, this isn’t
a contest but the doorway
into thanks, and a silence in which
another voice may speak
One of the most impressive prayers I have ever heard was voiced in 1971 when I was leading a youth group in El Sobrante, California. A teenager had joined our group (and church) a few weeks before. One night after church the young people met in a member’s home. At one point, I had invited the young people to voice their own prayers to God. Several did. Then toward this end, I heard the soft voice of this young man pray. He simply said, “Thank You.” I have never forgotten that beautiful two word prayer.
Mary Oliver asks us to do three things. First, pay attention to life. Second, voice thanks to the creator of life. Third, sit in silence to perhaps hear another voice respond. This is a good pattern for a contemplative life.
May wisdom fill your mind and peace overflow in your heart,
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2 thoughts on “Pathway Poem #19”
This is a beautiful lesson, LaMon. Contemplation is listening. I’m reminded of Kierkegaard’s discourse on The Lily of the Field and the Bird of the Air.
Thanks Mary Jo. I need to look at Kierkegaard again. Though actually all I still have of his is one of my favorite books, “Provocations: Spiritual Writings of Kierkegaard”. Peace, LaMon.
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