Sunday, October 13, 2013


His goodness is extended to the smallest of the workmanship of his hands;
his gracious care is to the sparrow upon the house-top.

                                      --Mildred Ratcliff, Quaker Minister

How often do we stop and look
at the dish we just washed and dried?
Savor the warmth of clothes
fresh from the dryer?
Admire the patterns made
by the vacuum on the carpet?

When pulling weeds, do we notice
the shapes of their leaves,
the thickness and length of their roots?
Do we really look at the grass
before we cut it; the greenness
of each blade; the length of each;
the way that each blade leans?

Do we see the lines and swirls
of the grain as we cut through a board?
Feel the hardness or softness
as we drive in each nail?

How often do we ignore the sparrow
for the brilliance of a cardinal?

There is goodness in our smallest work;
grace in the most mundane.

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