A poem by Mary Oliver

Dear Church,
 
Here's a gift to you from a poem by Mary Oliver:
 
        And that is just the point...how the world, moist and beautiful,
        calls to each of us to make a new and serious response.
        That's the big question,
         the one the world throws at you every morning.
        "Here you are, alive.
         Would you like to make a comment?"
 
I write this the day before surgery, a time in which the fragility of life, and the gift of life, are very much on my mind.
 
For most of you, your day today is different than mine. Still, you woke up this morning and most probably will do so tomorrow. And each day presents a question about what we will do with the gift of that day.
 
My Uncle DaDa, who died last September, woke up every morning, looked in the mirror, and exclaimed, "David, you're still here!" He began with gratitude, which made him a joy to be around. I'm trying to begin with gratitude, even in this time of uncertainty.
 
It's a question for individuals, for families, and for institutions like churches. We can't take for granted that we will keep on living. When we do, it is gift. It is grace. And so it is good for us to ask -- individually and as a community:
     "Here you are, alive.
     Would you like to make a comment?"
 
I pray that the comments you make today, in thought and in deed, will be full of grace and peace.
 
Pastor Kim
 

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