Time to stand and stare
“Wrth ddychwelyd a bod yn dawel y byddwch gadwedig,
wrth lonyddu a bod yn hyderus y byddwch gadarn.”
Eseia 30: 15
“In returning and rest you shall be saved;
in quietness and in trust shall be your strength.”
We have no time to stand and stare?-
No time to stand beneath the boughs,
And stare as long as sheep and cows:
No time to see, when woods we pass,
Where squirrels hide their nuts in grass:
No time to see, in broad daylight,
Streams full of stars, like skies at night:
No time to turn at Beauty’s glance,
And watch her feet, how they can dance:
No time to wait till her mouth can
Enrich that smile her eyes began?
A poor life this if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare.
Yesterday morning, looking through my kitchen window, I saw a pigeon sitting on the garden wall with his back to me. Much later going into the kitchen he was still there in exactly the same position. Looking out later again I noticed he had flown away. The bird had obviously been resting after an exhausting flight.
It made me think that that is exactly what we have been doing during our enforced lock down. We, unlike our feathered friends, need someone to make us sit and take stock of our lives.
For those like me, living alone and unable to spend valuable time with friends and family, we have been forced to stay home and rest and that has enabled us to draw closer to our Creator. Instead of rushing around and doing the things that we feel matter, we have had the opportunity to consider what our Lord God would like us to do.
We have had the time and space to contemplate and draw closer to relatives and friends, keeping in touch through Zoom calls, FaceTime and the old-fashioned telephone. We have had time to renew old friendships, that through all of our busy lives we have let slide. We have smiled and greeted strangers on our daily walks. We have had the time to take more notice of the beauty that surrounds us.
We thank you Lord for the beautiful world You have created, and the life that You have given us. We thank You for all the wonderful people who have selflessly taken care of the sick, and all the key workers who have helped to keep us all functioning. Thank you.
Ein Duw graslon,
rwyt yn parhau i ddod,
yn parhau i siarad:
dysg ni i roi amser i wrando,
i ddeall ac i ymateb;
trwy Iesu Grist ein Harglwydd.
you come still,
you speak still:
teach us to make space to listen,
to understand and to respond;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
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