August 1st, 2018

Many of us have attended a wedding over the summer, and I get to take part in one for a dear friend this weekend. They are such happy occasions, full of good hope for the future that spills out over everyone. For those who have been or will attend a wedding soon, or those who appreciate timeless image, here is a 13th century Persian poem to enjoy.

Peace, Catherine

            A Moment of Happiness

A moment of happiness,
you and I sitting on the verandah,
apparently two, but one in soul, you and I.
We feel the flowing water of life here,
you and I, with the garden's beauty
and the birds singing.
The stars will be watching us,
and we will show them
what it is to be a thin crescent moon.
You and I unselfed, will be together,
indifferent to idle speculation, you and I.
The parrots of heaven will be cracking sugar
as we laugh together, you and I.
In one form upon this earth,
and in another form in a timeless sweet land.

Jalaluddin Rumi (1207-1270)

Scripture Readings
2 Samuel 11:26-12:13a
Psalm 51:1-12
Ephesians 4:1-16
John 6:24-35