beauty


 

The clergy are on retreat on a mountain top in the Great Rocky Mountains.

At a distance are views which make one’s legs go weak.  Up close there are bugs and hummingbirds

whose beauty and color make human creations pale in comparison.

As Liz and I meditated on a deck looking out at the mountains early this morning

I had been distracted by the color yellow.  I was thinking about yellow in nature. The dots of yellow on this bug are surprising brush-strokes.

It was hard to know if I had been distracted from my prayers.

I became anxious about the distraction in a Calvinist sort of way.

Why would yellow come to mind?  Was it a distraction.

Just then a brightly colored yellow and lime hummingbird few to the porch on which we sat.

It loudly flew to us and hovered in front of our faces and stared at us eye to eye.

It then flew away.

The canticle (printed below) followed and I realized that the little bird

was a liturgica flourish from the Chief Presider.Let the earth glorify the Lord, *

 

praise him and highly exalt him for ever.

Glorify the Lord, O mountains and hills, and all that grows upon the earth, *

praise him and highly exalt him for ever.

Glorify the Lord, O springs of water, seas, and streams, * O whales and all that move in the waters.

All birds of the air, glorify the Lord, * praise him and highly exalt him for ever.

Glorify the Lord, O beasts of the wild, * and all you flocks and herds.

O men and women everywhere, glorify the Lord, * praise him and highly exalt him for ever.

 

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