Update, Monday, May 3 (Easter Season)

Family,

This poem by the late Mary Oliver seems to reflect the beauty of spring in the Bay Area. Katy Nunez-Adler of Education For Liberation shared it with me. I am happy to share it with you.

When I am Among the Trees
by Mary Oliver

When I am among the trees,
especially the willows and the honey locust,
equally the beech, the oaks and the pines,
they give off such hints of gladness.

I would almost say that they save me, and daily.
I am so distant from the hope of myself,
in which I have goodness, and discernment,
and never hurry through the world
but walk slowly, and bow often.

Around me the trees stir in their leaves
and call out, “Stay awhile.”
The light flows from their branches.

And they call again, “It’s simple,” they say,“
and you too have come
into the world to do this, to go easy, to be filled
with light, and to shine.

Prayers for today. Let’s shine.

Pastor Jim

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