December 6, 2021

Another World That Is This World

Remove the sandals from your feet, for the place on which you are standing is holy ground.
 Exodus 3:5

Remembering that it happened once,
We cannot turn away the thought,
As we go out, cold, to our barns
Toward the long night's end, that we
Ourselves are living in the world
It happened in when it first happened,
That we ourselves, opening a stall
(a latch thrown open countless times
Before), might find them breathing there,
Foreknown: the Child bedded in straw,
The mother kneeling over Him,
The husband standing in belief
He scarcely can believe, in light
That lights them from no source we see,
An April morning's light, the air
Around them joyful as a choir.
We stand with one hand on the door,
Looking into another world
That is this world, the pale daylight
Coming just as before, our chores
To do, the cattle all awake,
Our own white frozen breath hanging
In front of us; and we are here
As we have never been before,
Sighted as not before, our place
Holy, although we knew it not.
—Wendell Berry, A Timbered Choir

Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us give thanks, by which we offer to God an acceptable worship with reverence and awe.
 Hebrews 12:28
Prayer after thinking about today's devotion:
Thank you that whatever gift I have, I may offer it to you, the Lord of the universe, O Jesus Christ.
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After your own thanksgivings & petitions, close with the Lord's Prayer.

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