A MOMENT TO REFLECT

4 May 2020

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Moment to Reflect

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Today I will let the image and the words of Barbara Kingsolver speak for themselves.

“People need wild places. Whether or not we think we do, we do. We need to be able to taste grace and know again that we desire it. We need to experience a landscape that is timeless, whose agenda moves at the pace of speciation and glaciers. To be surrounded by a singing, mating, howling commotion of other species, all of which love their lives as much as we do ours, and none of which could possibly care less about us in our place. It reminds us that our plans are small and somewhat absurd. It reminds us why, in those cases in which our plans might influence many future generations, we ought to choose carefully. Looking out on a clean plank of planet earth, we can get shaken right down to the bone by the bronze-eyed possibility of lives that are not our own.” 
― Barbara Kingsolver


3 May 2020

A Moment to Reflect -5

Lairg, Sutherland

Yesterday evening (Saturday) a dear friend of mine died—a loving, compassionate and kind paramedic who had contracted Covid-19. 

Part of me is very angry at this but mostly I’m just profoundly sad, and deeply grieving for his wife and family.

And so, for today’s “Moment to Reflect” I have chosen a poem by Madeleine L’Engle.

“The earth will never be the same again
Rock, water, tree, iron, share this grief
As distant stars participate in the pain.
A candle snuffed, a falling star or leaf,
A dolphin death, O this particular loss
A Heaven-mourned; for if no angel cried
If this small one was tossed away as dross,
The very galaxies would have lied.
How shall we sing our love’s song now
In this strange land where all are born to die?
Each tree and leaf and star show how
The universe is part of this one cry,
Every life is noted and is cherished,
and nothing loved is ever lost or perished.” 
― Madeleine L’Engle, A Ring of Endless Light