Sunday 28th June – Icon of the Day
Is the soul solid, like iron? Or is it tender and breakable, like the wings of a moth in the beak of the owl? Who has it, and who doesn’t? I keep looking around me. The face of the moose is as sad as the face of Jesus. The swan opens her white wings slowly. In the fall, the black bear carries leaves into the darkness. One question leads to another. Does it have a shape? Like an iceberg? Like the eye of a hummingbird? Does it have one lung, like the snake and the scallop? Why should I have it, and not the anteater who loves her children? Why should I have it, and not the camel? Come to think of it, what about the maple trees? What about the blue iris? What about all the little stones, sitting alone in the moonlight? What about roses, and lemons, and their shining leaves? What about the grass?
‘Some Questions You Might Ask’ by Mary Oliver
Image: Mute swans (Cygnus olor) and cygnets, Wolvercote Lakes, Oxford, June 2016.
Photo: Charles J Sharp, used under Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International licence.
In St Mary’s prayer cycle for June 2020, today we pray for our church community, including those who have joined us recently over the internet.
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