Today’s gratitude list is mostly gleaned from our church service yesterday morning. After a startlingly harsh and jangling sermon from a visiting preacher the previous week, yesterday’s service was one of healing and hope. I felt much more called to the care and tending of souls during yesterday’s gentle and loving setting than I did during the previous week’s harangue.
1. The healing power of words, how they hold and restore. How healing words fill a space after words have been harsh. I am grateful for Darvin and Michelle’s words yesterday.
2. St. Hannah/Francis preaching to the birds. “You should try this at home.” Ellis did: he came home and stood near the feeder with bird seed in his hand.
3. Breath, air, wind: spirit. Ruach, one of the Bible’s feminine terms for God, is also the spirit, the breath. Whistle. Preach to the birds.
4. Counting time in Chesters. The oldest member of our congregation is almost 100. About three Chesters ago, the US became a country. Eight Chesters ago, St. Francis preached to the birds. Chester whistles, too.
5. These two hanging ferns that my family gave me for Mother’s Day. The house finch has been whistling in their fronds, begging his lady love to consider them as the setting for raising their family.
May we walk in Beauty! Breathe. Whistle.