Dear Thad's Family,
Our Lent theme this year is Less is More, with a focus this week on Less Ceiling, More Sky. One of my favorite poems is "The Peace of Wild Things" by farmer, poet, and activist Wendell Berry. He writes:
When despair for the world grows in me
and I wake in the night at the least sound
in fear of what my life and my children's lives may be,
I go and lie down where the wood drake
rests in his beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds.
I come into the peace of wild things
who do not tax their lives with forethought
of grief. I come into the presence of still water.
And I feel above me the day-blind stars
waiting with their light. For a time
I rest in the grace of the world, and am free.
Click here to listen in the voice of Wendell Berry!

In the Hebrew Scriptures, vineyard or garden is often a metaphor for lover, and I invite you today to view the earth as a lover that is always available to us when we take the time and space to draw from her life-giving energy, and which depends on our care in return. I deal with plenty of stress and challenge in my every day life. Maybe you can relate? In all the places I seek support and connection, the air, earth, and sky is always there waiting, whether I walk, run, hike, bike, play, or just sit outside stare out into the horizon.

Where do you see God in nature? How does the earth nourish you? Where do you find your peace among the wild things? E-mail [email protected] and share a thought, practice, story, quote, or poem and find this week's phone wallpaper below!

And then...get outside!

With Lenten Love as Big as the Sky :)