Some Imperishable Bliss

Passions of rain, or moods in falling snow; 
Grievings in loneliness, or unsubdued 
Elations when the forest blooms; gusty 
Emotions on wet roads on autumn nights; 
All pleasures and all pains, remembering 
The bough of summer and the winter branch. 

But in contentment I still feel
The need of some imperishable bliss.
~Wallace Stevens from “Sunday Morning”

Earthly contentment~
whether a full stomach
or adequate bank account
or a covering of snow~
these don’t last.

May I not settle into comfort,
but seek to fill
my continual need
with what will never perish,
even as the latest snow melts
and the late afternoon light fades.

Rest assured,
simply knowing there comes
imperishable bliss someday,
I too am transformed.

4 thoughts on “Some Imperishable Bliss

  1. I cannot tell you how blissful it is to find your beautiful offerings in my inbox…a blissful balm to my days. So much awe. Soul and spirit fortifying beauty. Thank you for your faithfulness in this way as part of the Body 😋

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  2. Perfectly said, Emily. The gift(s) above all gifts for a person to achieve, realize, and seek in this mortal world are exactly what you describe here. It is a truism, however, that these unearned free gifts do not come easily. Perhaps it may be because what WE perceive as the more important human needs — those that attract us like blinking neon lights to the temporary, perishable worldly things that we believe will create real, lasting happiness and contentment in our lives. Sadly, it is often not until we reach middle age and even beyond when we recognize that something has been missing in our life – something of great value — not in the eyes of the world, but in the eyes of our Creator-God. When we ‘taste’ the world’s human material marketplace, pleasures, and experiences and consider ourselves fully sated, the eyes of our souls are deceived, beclouded, into thinking that we have it all, that we are so fortunate, Wrong! It is only when we experience the reality that comes from looking beyond — way beyond – with the gift of seeing with the gift of the eyes of Jesus that show us in clear detail the ‘other world’ in which we live — that of immeasurable human suffering and the cumulative forever destruction of our precious environment. We then see the scales of compassion, love, and reality that Jesus uses to measure what He considers true happiness and contentment. We know then without any doubt that those to whom He has given all they need in this life and those who have nothing because they chose to go beyond His gift for their idea of what will make them happy. Sadly, with God’s Truth and His Mercy, the realization will come soon enough that they have nothing. Nothing of the joy and peace of soul that His gifts could bring.

    Thank you for providing me with your timely message this day, Emily.

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  3. Our text this morning was from I Timothy 6. So relevant here. Admonishing the rich (which most certainly we are) not to set their hopes on the uncertainty of riches but on God who richly provides us with everything to enjoy! And to take hold of what is truly LIFE! Thank you for the reminder this day.

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