Among The Stones

When I go to the river
I wander among the stones
mouth open
eyes on the ground.

Each stone is so lovely in its own particular way
and yet so much more beautiful with all the others.

Try this:

Set four perfectly round
black and white granite stones together, and
see how lovely they are, in their sameness…

But now, try this:

Place, in close proximity, stones that are:

Porous pale green with dark blue-green spots,
Rough black and white checked,
Shining gray with one white stripe,
Smooth charcoal with lightning veins of gray,
Rough gray and white checked,
Porous dark green with veins of darker green,
Silky smooth blue-gray,
Porous reddish pink with grains of white,
Smooth blue-green with swirls of brown…

Oh these are but a few,
and when you place them together
(as has the river in its glorious artistry)
you see what the world could be.

You see how it is the differences
how it is the differences
between the stones
that make beauty beyond compare.

When I go to the river
I wander among the stones
mouth open
eyes on the ground.

Labor Day Prayer

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Great Spirit of Life and Love:

We have before us a great work to do.
It is no less than to restore
the beauty and diversity
of life on earth.

May we know in our bones
that we are up to the task.

If we falter may we look around and see
these good companions we have with us.

May we know, always, the infinite love that holds us
and the power that it gives us
if we will only open ourselves to it.

Blessed be.