Something I noticed pinned to the wall in my office…
As I write this, the calendar tells me it’s January 25th. Given how cold it’s been this week, I’m pretty sure that’s not a mistake. So I happened to glance at the place in my office where I can pin things–pictures, poems, cartoons I once found funny, notes and verses people have given me–and there this was, catching my eye. I’m not exactly sure how I got it, but I know why it found its way to my wall and stayed there. From the date at the bottom I see it’s been hanging here exactly two years to the day, so maybe that means I was supposed to notice these words, a prayer that grows out of Micah 6:8, written by the poet Doreen Kostyniuk:
He has told you, O mortal, what is good;
and what does the Lord require of you
but to do justice, and to love kindness,
and to walk humbly with your God?
help me to be simple enough,
to be fully present to the love
you have written into me
that I may indeed do justice,
and walk humbly with you this day,
bringing your presence
into all that lies before me.
From Disciplines, January 25, 2011
It’s something I so love about the God who calls us–that the living out of Scripture is not reserved for a select few, but is normative for us all. A good reminder on a cold day when simplicity, availability and openness feels like a warm invitation…