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Consider the Lilies


Stephen Shick

Consider the lilies, he said,
and don’t worry. The truth is at hand.

With the seed and the lilies
nothing new arrives,
and even the mockingbird
sings songs that other birds once knew.
— from “Consider the Lilies”

Examines the seasons of the year and the seasons of the heart as sacred texts to be treated with reverence and translated carefully. Each person's intimate and mindful encounter with these texts can be a guide to a more meaningful and joyful life. An exciting new meditation manual for 2003.

After a career in community ministry as a radio broadcaster and social activist, Stephen Shick entered parish ministry in 1997 and currently serves the Universalist Unitarian Church of Haverhill, Massachusetts. He is author of Just Congregations and his social and religious writings have appeared in a variety of publications, including How We Are Called, The Communion Book, and UU World. Shick has three children—Sarah, Dora and Michael—and lives with his partner Jo Ann in Lexington, Massachusetts.

Praise for Consider the Lilies:

“Whether of a bird, stone, raindrop, or leaf, each luminous miniature contains an entire world, observer and observed completing one another in such a way that the soul gains texture and nature preaches grace.”
—Forrest Church, minister of All Souls Unitarian Church in New York, author of Freedom from Fear

“These meditations, born of Shick's finely-honed mystical naturalism, are exquisitely rhythmic. They lure us outdoors to soak in silent, wondrous, oft-somber reflection and they push us inside, to excavate riches from our inner realms.”
—Tom Owen-Towle, author of Freethinking Mystics With Hands

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Last updated on Wednesday, June 2, 2010.

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