Remaining connected with God
We who were born
in country places,
far from cities
and shifting faces,
we have a birthright
no man can sell,
and a secret joy
no man can tell.
For we are kindred
to Lordly things,
wild ducks flight
and white owl’s wings…..
These words are from a poem by Welsh poetess Eiluned Lewis called ‘The Birthright’. It was written around 1910, hence the gender specific language. It goes on to speak of connections to all things natural and earthbound. Every time I have recited it, folk have expressed an empathy , or is it longing, for that type of re-connection.
Some say it is much easier to be connected to the earth and the ‘spiritual’ in the countryside, in the natural world, than it is in the city, the built-up and commercial world. But is it? Hopefully not as, in the ‘western world’ particularly, more people nowadays spend their lives in the latter than the former.
This week’s theme is connections but the whole Faith at Work course looks at connections in different ways. Each session grapples with our daily longings and challenges, the timeless themes of making our love for God real in
ordinary places at home, work or play. Making time to pause is the emphasis of session 3 “Clock” but time affects everything. When the clock keeps ticking, making spaces in our lives for reconnection with God and one another is one of those areas we all must face up to.
If we don’t, we lose our connections and come adrift from the One who anchors our motivations and attitudes. We are truly lost.
Thank you for your call upon our lives Lord. May I this day open my eyes and ears to
your presence, remain connected with you and your body, and so know peace. Amen