Reflection for Worship. . .
By Anne Sexton
There is joy
in the hair I brush each morning,
in the Cannon towel, newly washed,
that I rub my body with each morning,
in the chapel of eggs I cook
in the outcry from the kettle
that heats my coffee
in the spoon and the chair
that cry "hello there, Anne,"
in the godhead of the table
that I set my silver, plate, cup upon
All this is God,
right here in my pea-green house
and I mean,
though often forget,
to give thanks,
to faint down by the kitchen table
in a prayer of rejoicing
as the holy birds at the kitchen window
peck into their marriage of seeds.
So while I think of it,
let me paint a thank-you on my palm
for this God, this laughter of the morning,
lest it go unspoken.
The joy that isn't shared, I've heard,
“We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think.
When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves.”
~ Buddha, Founder of Buddhism (563 BC-483 BC)
"Find a place inside where there's joy, and the joy will burn out the pain.”
~ Joseph Campbell, American mythologist (1904-1987)
Anne G. Cohen
Also this Sunday
This week’s musical offerings will be from Kim Mendez-McLeish. Welcome back, Kim!!