Late Autumn Reflection

by Blue Heron 
 
Autumn carries with it a certain sadness. The daylight hours continue to shrink. Leaves have fallen, and the marshes have shed their summer greens for rusty brown. Branches are gray against clouded skies. Wind is relentless and unfriendly. Walk the dog if you must.
 
We live on this little sliver of land that sticks out into the Atlantic. Water is never very far away, the sound of crashing waves, and turbulent blue stretching to the horizon. There is a certain vulnerability that is ever present. On one hand this could be a bit frightening. But it does seem to strip away some of the unnecessary things of life, and assist me in hanging on to what is most important.  Above the roar of the wind and waves, the howling of my present worries, there remains the unchanging love of God.
 
Moth at night
clinging to a shingle
beside the brightness 
of light  
 
Your wings 
like two slices of chiseled wood
angular
painted in delicate lines.
 
I am startled by your singular beauty
and wonder why God, You take such pains
with just a moth.
 
I feel chiseled myself
and big chunks have fallen off me
and how tenderly You move among my pieces.
It is not Your power that moves me
but Your restraint.
Your willingness to speak to me again and again
about the same things..
and I wonder why You would take such pains
with just one person. 
 
                                    
 
 
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About Blue Heron

My wife and I became members of the Community in 1975. We had come to the Community prior to that time on various retreats from our church in Connecticut. I landed an elementary teaching career in 1976 and taught in that same school until 1999. We raised two sons (now married) who are both now professed members of the Community. We have three grandchildren and three granddogs. I continue to work in the public school teaching science on a part time basis, and also serve as advisor and part time teacher for a group of parents who homeschool in the Community. My wife works as a dental assistant. Life in the Community has expanded my borders far beyond what I would have imagined. Over the years I have sung with the choir, participated in Gregorian Chant, served as chalice bearer, made stained glass, been part of a writing group, built sets for Gilbert and Sullivan productions and sung in them. The list goes on. I cannot think of a better environment to raise a child. And I cannot think of any place that would have challenged more, and kept me moving forward as a Christian father and husband. I have been over my head and lifted above the waters. I am looking back in gratitude, and forward in hope.

One thought on “Late Autumn Reflection

  1. I have often had thoughts like this but could not put them into words. Thank you. Someone once said that if I were the only believer, Christ would have died for me. I do not know why God loves me but I will try to thank him each day in the New Year.

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