Today's Lectionary Text
In the weather forecaster’s admonition
we hunker down safely under two covers at least
breathing into our cuppa tea while the polar
vortex hunkers down on the Midwest.
Crossing any threshold doesn’t cross my mind
while hearing tires spinning and brakes squealing
snowplows grumbling and metal shovels scraping.
Indeed, my mind feels content at rest.
Then my mind wanders to the thrill
of reaching the summit of the Schilthorn in the
Bernese Alps after deliberately leaving
the pleasant Lauterbrunnen Valley.
In this stunning place where the air is thin
we gaze into the fog and as the clouds part
we feel above the earthly realm and know we’ve crossed
another threshold of life. We smile.
Daddy, I see your soul joining mother’s
in the cosmos as dazzling lights above, and yet
fused with our souls high up on this snow peaked alp.
The known grasps the glorious unknown.
Long ago we learned the 3 R’s in school. Reading, writing, and ‘rithmatic have been quite valuable to getting along in life. This morning my husband shared three other R’s that may be of even more value in relationships with others, as well as ourselves and our God. May each “R” be a step to the threshold of the next.
Before we know it, we will have moved from the Winter Doldrums and into the Dog Days of Summer. We will cross each threshold when we get to it. But for now, may we accept the gift of today and the blessings of this moment in time.
Know you are precious and held in the warmth of Christ’s love.
God’s peace to you.
Rev. Marta Wheeler
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