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Mary Oliver’s “The Journey”

Dr. Rev. Laura Barnes included this poem in her ideas for her talk on Aug 9.  It’s one of my favorite poems, and I’m delighted to share it with you. As you read, consider a journey you are on – a change in relationship,  a new job, leaving home for the first time, choosing a spiritual path, etc. and see if Mary Oliver’s words inspire or reflect your experience.

“The Journey

One day you finally knew
what you had to do, and began,
though the voices around you
kept shouting
their bad advice —
though the whole house
began to tremble
and you felt the old tug
at your ankles.
“Mend my life!”
each voice cried.
But you didn’t stop.
You knew what you had to do,
though the wind pried
with its stiff fingers
at the very foundations,
though their melancholy
was terrible.
It was already late
enough, and a wild night,
and the road full of fallen
branches and stones.
But little by little,
as you left their voices behind,
the stars began to burn
through the sheets of clouds,
and there was a new voice
which you slowly
recognized as your own,
that kept you company
as you strode deeper and deeper
into the world,
determined to do
the only thing you could do —
determined to save
the only life you could save.”
 Mary Oliver

Dr. Rev. Laura Barnes and Rev. Nancy McKay will be preaching while Pastor Laurie is on vacation.

With Joy,

Nancy Montier, Office Manager

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