At The Entrance of Light

by Blue Heron

Sitting in church on Sunday morning
candles flickering yellow warm
our Kyries floating somewhere near the ceiling,
along with incense.

I have a sense of safety
altogether in this space
but there remains an outside;
I can still hear the wind howling;
and clouds are streaming across the sky
as evidenced in shadows and sun that alternate
on clerestory walls.
One minute I sit in shadow
and then abruptly in a shaft of sunlight.

A bit like life. I am not always sure how I move
between the two, the darkness and the light.
It may be something someone says, or simply a pattern 
in the objects lying on the beach that catches my eye.
As if God, just moments ago
left off his arranging; His movement still spinning the air
like turbulence when a jet takes off or lands.
So much remains mystery, but light, when it enters
reminds me that I am never alone.
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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.

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