Praise the Shadows

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Praise the wet snow
       falling early.
Praise the shadow
       my neighbor’s chimney casts on the tile roof
even this gray October day that should, they say,
have been golden.
               Praise
the invisible sun burning beyond
      the white cold sky, giving us 
light and the chimney’s shadow.
Praise
god or the gods, the unknown,
that which imagined us, which stays
our hand,
our murderous hand,
                   and gives us
still,
in the shadow of death,
           our daily life,
           and the dream still
of goodwill, of peace on earth.
Praise
flow and change, night and
the pulse of day.
~Denise Levertov from “Gloria”, an excerpt from Mass for the Day of St. Thomas Didymus

 

 

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Yes. It is true.
Our murderous hand
is not stayed nearly enough.

We continue to witness the deaths of innocents,
so many homeless cast aside,
and what to do for refugees seeking sanctuary
who may not believe as we do,
who do not look or talk or act like
us.

We are not them.  They are not us.
But all image bearers.

Yet shadows are cast on the grayest of days
only because there is light still there,
hidden though it may be.
Be illuminated by mercy without the shadow cast.
Be mercy.
Be stilled by the pulse of life in others who are not us.

 

 

 

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3 thoughts on “Praise the Shadows

  1. “…but all image bearers.”
    “…there is light still there.”
    AMEN. Let us have hope and trust in this grave and terrible time in our nation and our bleeding world and be kind
    and accepting – and understanding – to all those whom we meet every day – and for those whom we will never meet —
    all travelers on the same Journey as we.
    MARANATHA!

    Thank you, dear Emily, for your precious thoughts and words of His mercy….

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Emily, thank you.

    These days words of promise and beauty heal some of the wounds that come from being human, and often failing to witness and preach the luminous, undying virtues.

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