Day Twenty Four — 8 March

Hear our voice, O Lord, according to your faithful love.

Lectionary readings (Click the links to see the readings): Ezekiel 47.1-2 | Psalm 46.1-7 | John 5.1-16


Albert Carel Willink (1900-83). Flower piece: Mystery of a town. (1931).


Again I resume the long
lesson: how small a thing
can be pleasing, how little
in this hard world it takes
to satisfy the mind
and bring it to its rest.

Within the ongoing havoc
the woods this morning is
almost unnaturally still.
Through stalled air, unshadowed
light, a few leaves fall
of their own weight.


    The sky
is gray It begins in mist
almost at the ground
and rises forever. The trees
rise in silence almost
natural, but not quite,
almost eternal, but
not quite.
     What more did I
think I wanted? Here is
what has always been.
Here is what will always
be. Even in me,
the Maker of all this
returns in rest, even

to the slightest of His works,
a yellow leaf slowly
falling, and is pleased.

from: "Sabbath Poems 1998-2004," in Wendell Berry, Given: new poems. (Berkeley: Counterpoint, 2005).

На реках Вавилонских By the waters of Babylon. Moscow Sretensky Monastery Choir.

May God our Redeemer show us compassion and love. Amen.

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