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This Summer Day – a poem

The Summer Day

Who made the world?
Who made the swan, and the black bear?
Who made the grasshopper?
This grasshopper, I mean–
the one who has flung herself out of the grass,
the one who is eating sugar out of my hand,
who is moving her jaws back and forth instead of up and down,
who is gazing around with her enormous and complicated eyes.
Now she lifts her pale forearms and thoroughly washes her face.
Now she snaps her wings open, and floats away.

I don’t know exactly what a prayer is.
I do know how to pay attention, how to fall down
into the grass, how to kneel down in the grass,
how to be idle and blessed, how to stroll through the fields,
which is what I have been doing all day.
Tell me, what else should I have done?
Doesn’t everything die at last, and too soon?
Tell me, what is it you plan to do
with your one wild and precious life?

~ Mary Oliver ~

(New and Selected Poems, Volume I)

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The Creation Explained from my Porch

I love reading and re-reading this little story, and it always brings a smile no matter how many times someone thinks they are telling it to me for the first time. I hope you do too…

The Creation Explained from my Porch

On the first day, God created the dog and said, “Sit all day by the door of your house and bark at anyone who comes in or walks past. For this, I will give you a life span of twenty years.”

The dog said, “That’s a long time to be barking. How about only ten years and I’ll give you back the other ten?”

And God saw it was good.

On the second day, God created the monkey and said, “Entertain people, do tricks, and make them laugh. For this, I’ll give you a twenty-year life span.”

The monkey said, “Monkey tricks for twenty years? That’s a pretty long time to perform. How about I give you back ten like the dog did?”

And God, again saw it was good.

On the third day, God created the cow and said, “You must go into the field with the farmer all day long and suffer under the sun, have calves and give milk to support the farmer’s family. For this, I will give you a life span of sixty years.”

The cow said, “That’s kind of a tough life you want me to live for sixty years. How about twenty and I’ll give back the other forty?”

And God agreed it was good.

On the fourth day, God created humans and said, “Eat, sleep, play, marry and enjoy your life. For this, I’ll give you twenty years.”

But the human said, “Only twenty years? Could you possibly give me my twenty, the forty the cow gave back, the ten the monkey gave back, and the ten the dog gave back; that makes eighty, okay?”

“Okay,” said God, “You asked for it.”

So that is why for our first twenty years, we eat, sleep, play and enjoy ourselves. For the next forty years, we slave in the sun to support our family. For the next ten years, we do monkey tricks to entertain the grandchildren. And for the last ten years, we sit on the front porch and bark at everyone.

Life has now been explained to you.

There is no need to thank me for this valuable information. I’m doing it as a public service. If you are looking for me, I will be on the front porch.

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The commandments, “You shall not commit adultery; You shall not murder; You shall not steal; You shall not covet,” and any other commandment, are summed up in this word, “Love your neighbor as yourself.”
– Romans 13:9</i>

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Change. And I love you – a Stillspeaking Devotional

Change.  And I love you.

Excerpt from Hosea 1:11-2:15
“I will . . . kill her with thirst.”  “I will . . . speak tenderly to her.

Reflection by Hamilton Coe Throckmorton
“I have high expectations of my friends,” said the young seeker.  “I’m pretty demanding.”  Four of his high-school friends have died in alcohol-related accidents.  He used to be pretty tolerant of his friends’ behavior.  Since those deaths, though, he has become far less compromising.  What they’ve done is wrong, and he knows it.  Like God with the ancient Israelites, he’d like to “kill them with thirst.”

There are times we’d all like to do that.  After all, we live with an epidemic of cruel and irresponsible behavior.  A devastating oil spill.  The illicit affair of a long-time friend.  A harsh word cutting us to the quick.  We shouldn’t tolerate such behavior.  God doesn’t tolerate such behavior.  It must change.  “Kill them with thirst.” At the same time, says God, nothing we do puts us beyond the pale.  Even with all our gruesome behavior, God still adores us? The inebriated driver, the betrayer, the callous friend, all of us.  “You have to change,” says God.  “You can’t keep despoiling the world.”  But at the very same time, God also says, “I speak tenderly to you.  I love you.”

Change.  And I love you.  Both are true.

Prayer
Support in me, O God, the changes we both know I should make.  And remind me that you love me just as I am.  Amen.

About the Author
Hamilton Coe Throckmorton is Senior Pastor of Federated Church in Chagrin Falls, Ohio.

Live simply. Love generously.
Care deeply. Speak kindly.
Leave the rest to God.
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