The Snuffle of Winter

We praise thee, O God, for thy glory
displayed in all the creatures of the earth,
In the snow, in the rain, in the wind, in the storm;
in all of thy creatures, both the hunters and the hunted…
They affirm thee in living;
all things affirm thee in living;
the bird in the air, both the hawk and the finch;
the beast on the earth, both the wolf and the lamb;…
Therefore man, whom thou hast made
to be conscious of thee,
must consciously praise thee,
in thought and in word and in deed.
Even with the hand to the broom,
the back bent in laying the fire,
the knee bent in cleaning the hearth…
The back bent under toil,
the knee bent under sin,
the hands to the face under fear,
the head bent under grief,
Even in us the voices of the seasons,
the snuffle of winter, the song of spring,
the drone of summer,
the voices of beasts and of birds,
praise thee. 

~T.S. Eliot from Murder in the Cathedral

In the midst of all the snuffling viruses of winter,
the back breaking daily work and labor:

this amazing glory happens this morning

the sky is afire with Him

I am reminded yet again
all things affirm thee in living
and so shall I.

And so shall I.

2 thoughts on “The Snuffle of Winter

  1. Well, I just don’t know what to say anymore, every day your writing holds such weight and meaning, it touches my heart. So this is why I usually, simply leave one. Thank you so much, beautiful. ♥

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  2. ‘…the sky is alive with Him…’
    The number three -a symbolism of the Trinity, Father, Son, Holy Spirit –
    everything in threes is perfect (‘Omne trinum est perfectum’).

    Lovely, Emily. You have captured that symbolism, that sacred meaning, in such a lovely way. The hues in the colors of the photo background allow it to remain in my mind….how softly beautiful He uses His Creation to remind us of His eternal Presence.

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