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Poem: “Song of the Builders,” by Mary Oliver

Poem: “Song of the Builders,” by Mary Oliver

On a summer morning I sat down on a hillside to think about God – a worthy pastime. Near me, I saw a single cricket; it was moving the grains of the hillside this way and that way. How great was its energy, how humble its effort. Let us hope it will always be...
Poem: “Everyday Grace,” by Stella Nesanovich

Poem: “Everyday Grace,” by Stella Nesanovich

It can happen like that: meeting at the market, buying tires amid the smell of rubber, the grating sound of jack hammers and drills, anywhere we share stories, and grace flows between us. The tire center waiting room becomes a healing place as one speaks of her...
Poem: “What We Need is Here,” by Wendell Berry

Poem: “What We Need is Here,” by Wendell Berry

Geese appear high over us, pass, and the sky closes. Abandon, as in love or sleep, holds them to their way, clear in the ancient faith: what we need is here. And we pray, not for new earth or heaven, but to be quiet in heart, and in eye, clear. What we need is...
Poem: “School Prayer,” by Diane Ackerman

Poem: “School Prayer,” by Diane Ackerman

In the name of the daybreak and the eyelids of morning and the wayfaring moon and the night when it departs, I swear I will not dishonor my soul with hatred, but offer myself humbly as a guardian of nature, as a healer of misery, as a messenger of wonder, as an...