After the discussion about devotions before meetings in last week's Ask the Matriarch posting, I got to thinking about writers and poets who are my "go to" resources both for opening readings and for my own dry periods. For today's RevGalBookPals, I invite you to share your favorites.
I frequently turn to poetry. My new favorite book is Swan: Poems and Prose Poems, by Mary Oliver. Our own Mary Beth gave me this book! What riches!! I can't say I've finished it, because you never finish with a book of poetry, but I have given all the poems a once-over, and some more than a once. I love the way Mary Oliver brought nature into the hearts and minds of so many preachers only to discover sacramental Christianity herself late in life. Here's a poem, "How Many Days" that describes the tension between the two:
How many days I loved and had never used
the holy words.
Tenderly I began them when it came to me
to want to, oh mystery irrefutable!
Then I went out of that place
and into a field and lay down
among the weeds and the grasses,
whispering to them, fast, in order to keep
that world also.
Marvelous, isn't it?
Please use the comments to share a favorite with us. And if you would like to review a book in the coming months, let me know.
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