If you notice anything
it leads you to notice
I was so full of energy.
I was always running around, looking
at this and that.
If I stopped
If I stopped and thought, maybe
the world can’t be saved,
~Mary Oliver from “The Moths” from Dream Work
No amount of falls will really undo us if we keep on picking ourselves up each time. We shall of course be very muddy and tattered children by the time we reach home. But the bathrooms are all ready, the towels put out, and the clean clothes are in the airing cupboard.
The only fatal thing is to lose one’s temper and give it up. It is when we notice the dirt that God is most present in us; it is the very sign of His presence.
~C.S. Lewis (from Letters)
I see in a new way now as I wander about,
my eyes scanning for the plain and mundane,
searching for what needs noticing and safe-keeping.
Saving even a little part of our world
involves getting tired and muddy,
falling down again and again
and being willing to get back up.
If I stop getting dirty,
if I by-pass the every day,
if I give up the work of salvage,
I abandon the promises of God.
He’s there, ready and waiting
for the mop up of our messy ordinary.
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