October 23, 2017

Pic & Poem of the Week: May 29, 2016

Waters of Lake Sunapee

Bubbling waters near the shore of Lake Sunapee

Pic & Poem of the Week
May 29, 2016

For your pleasure and contemplation, I am posting an original photograph and a corresponding poem each week on Sundays. May these offerings help lead us to a deeper place of rest on the Lord’s Day.

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The Real Work

It may be that when we no longer know what to do
we have come to our real work,

and that when we no longer know which way to go
we have come to our real journey.

The mind that is not baffled is not employed.

The impeded stream is the one that sings.

by Wendell Berry
from Standing by Words: Essays

Comments

  1. Christiane says:

    “It may be . . . . . that when we no longer know which way to go we have come to our real journey.”

    (I’m so wanting to comment seriously but this portion of Berry’s poem reminds me of a really old joke, often attributed to Yogi Berra: “”When you come to a fork in the road, take it”
    The actual joke went something like this: ‘When you come to a fork in the road, take it. But only if its silver.’)

    On a more serious note, Wendell Berry’s writing always makes me feel like someday I want my ashes to nourish the roots of a living tree, instead of lying unused in the mausoleum vault down at St. Stephen’s memorial gardens. So, yes, he’s a really good choice for my Sunday meditation. Something startling but very reassuring about his work. 🙂

  2. Robert F says:

    Water shapes rock, rock
    shapes water, in the patient,
    real work of the creek.

    • Brianthedad says:

      Robert, your haiku have given me an appreciation for this literary form. Your words are succinct and insightful, and always much appreciated and anticipated. Thank you. Peace to you and your wife on this Sunday morning!

    • Heather Angus says:

      A wonderful fresh poem, Robert. I always enjoy your haiku.

    • Wendell Berry wrote:

      The mind that is not baffled is not employed.

      The impeded stream is the one that sings.

      The first thing that came to mind was a Robert F haiku.

  3. David Cornwell says:

    Thanks for Berry’s poem. It is saying what I need to hear this morning.

  4. I’m listening to Byzantine Chant Radio on Pandora this morning. You can also listen to Gregorian Chant and Russian Orthodox Chant and likely others. I discovered the first live human being yesterday in church who not only knew who Richard Rohr is but subscribed to his daily meditations. This was the woman of the husband/wife team who have been serving as temporary priests in the Episcopal Church in Cadillac. Unfortunately it was her last day serving there, but at least I have made physical contact with one person in this lifetime on the same page.

    Even here Richard Rohr is a rarely acquired taste. Today he says, “Transformation has little to do with intelligence, willpower, or perfection. It has everything to do with honest humility, willingness, and surrender.” Well, no wonder he is still unrecognized by most. These new Sunday sessions are like a homily instead of a sermon. Cool.

    • I just finished reading Enns’ The Sin of Certainty. Very Rohrian. He mentions Richard in the footnotes in the back. Falling Upward specifically.

      • That’s encouraging I am increasingly running across acknowledgement of the primary importance of spiritual unity and contemplation and soul healing in the most unexpected places, few of them within the church. Talk about Left Behind.

      • LM (Lin) says:

        I really recommend getting Rohr’s books on tape. It adds another dimension when you hear his voice, his intonation. I’m currently listening and reading Falling Upward. Got it from my city library, but will probably purchase it as well.

    • I subscribe and love them. Also currently reading Falling Upward.

  5. Heather says:

    CM
    Usually I don’t feel compelled to comment, especially about poetry as it is so over my head most of the time, but this poem today is exactly my life right now. I keep trying to make power moves to change my life and it seems that God wants me right where I am. Completely baffled and powerless.
    Robert f
    In my opinion, this is your best poem yet and it helped me to see things in a deeper way,even giving me more clarity on the Berry poem. Thank you
    Charles F
    Thank you as well for your comments. I am starting the Rohr devotions on love for this year.

    You all help me so very much in my daily struggle with being in this life

    H

  6. Danielle says:

    CM, thanks for another poem.

    “The mind that is not baffled is not employed.” Great line. And another picture of what you wrote about on Friday.

  7. As I mentioned to Charles, I just finished The Sin of Certainty.
    “It may be that when we no longer know what to do
    we have come to our real work,
    and that when we no longer know which way to go
    we have come to our real journey.”
    There’s the whole book in a nutshell. A great sentiment that I hope begins to permeate the church. In the end it leaves very little to say or to debate.

  8. Robert F says: