The power behind these words steadies me:
Don't postpone joy
until you have learned all your lessons.
Joy is your lesson.
~Alan Cohen *
I'm home now, after five days away--five days overflowing with God's transformative teaching. I'm unsure where to start this day, what task to put my hand to. How do I allow what I've learned this past week to inform my daily life?
Gratitude bubbles up for the beauty immediately surrounding me.
And I turn to this poem by Violet Ker Seymer, #16 in the Christian Science Hymnal:
As sings the mountain stream, Past rock and verdure wild,
So let me sing my way to Thee, Thy pure and happy child.
O boundless source of might, My praise must e'er increase,
For Love is Life eternally, Whose blessings never cease.
I sing my way to-day, My heart is joyous, free,
For what is Thine is ever mine, I find myself in Thee.
And I do find blessing. Peace. The courage to take one step forward, into this day.
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