Tuesday, March 30, 2010

God's Reading List: Henry Beston

A year indoors is a journey along a paper calendar; a year in outer nature is the accomplishment of a tremendous ritual.

Henry Beston
From "The Outermost House"

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Fearing the Blessing of God

Forgive us, O Lord, we acknowledge ourselves as type of the common man,
Of the men and women who shut the door and sit by the fire;
Who fear the blessing of God, the loneliness of the night of God, the surrender required, the deprivation inflicted;
Who fear the injustice of men less than the justice of God;
Who fear the hand at the window; the fire in the thatch, the fist in the tavern, the push into the canal,
Less than we fear the love of God.

T.S. Eliot (from Murder in the Cathedral)

Friday, March 19, 2010

Spring Haiku

snow melts
and the village floods
with children

Kobayashi Issa