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Meditations: “Communion with Earth and Sky

Early spring awakens
memories of a deeper cold
and hopes of a warmer wetness,
sprouting seeds and budding branches.

Gray trees on gray sky screen eyes
from all that lies waiting:
the color of a million flowers,
the feathers of migrating songbirds,
the blossoming smiles of friends.

Soon we will no longer look to the night stars to guide us.
Soon the path will be lit and our task certain.

In the warming days we will plant our future,
uprooting useless skeletons of last year’s harvest,
breaking the clods of indifference,
carefully pulling the weeds of neglect
so that roots can stretch.

Before the harvest moon rises and we wait again,
images of still distant summer days
awaken thoughts of a time when
all is done that can be done.

Then the harvest.
Then the transformation.
Then the baking.
Then the bread.

All we know and love is in this cycle.
All that has been or will be is in this loaf.
Take it.
Break it.
Give thanks
and pass it on.


Consider the Lilies: Meditations. Skinner House Books, 2004.

Copyright: The author has given Unitarian Universalist Association member congregations permission to reprint this piece for use in public worship. Any reprints must acknowledge the name of the author.

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Last updated on Friday, February 22, 2013.

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