Pastor’s Pen

September 7, 2016


“Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails”.    

Proverbs 19:21

“Tell me, what is it you plan to do

with your one wild and precious life?”

Mary Oliver

         Company came and went. We bought lobsters at “Off the Dock” and cracked open their soft shells with rocks from the garden. Children picked tomatoes and basil to go with the mozzarella we bought at market, and then we drizzled them with a bit of balsamic vinegar reduction. It’s been too hot to bake, so I met my pie lady at the back lot of the Hannaford’s where she passed off the blueberry crumble as if it were contraband. What’s missing from my garden flourished in yours, and so we swapped.

         There is no better season than this, no day more fragrant and ripe, no longing for what could have been, should have been. There’s only this, one, sweet miracle of a happening moment, when God breathes life into human, chipmunk, and snail. And we, grateful, sigh with the sheer joy of being alive to it.

         It’s not too late you know. If your heart pounds dark and deep in the hollow chest of your dawning, there’s time to raise the shade. Let the light illumine your dust-strewn life and rest there, unencumbered in the morning light.

         Imagine the close of this day’s hours. As you reflect back, what will you recall of this astonishing moment? How will you have poured yourself out like wax pooling beneath the wick of some forgotten candle? Tell me, what is it that God calls you to do or be on this one wild and precious day?

Prayer: God of earth and heaven: The children have gone back to school, the tourists have returned south and west, our town returns to itself and we with it. Grant us singularity of purpose to live this day to the fullest, poured out for your service and to your glory.  Amen

God’s grace, mercy and peace,

Pastor Anna V. Copeland