A Moment to Reflect

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