As waves of incense permeate the air,
Infusing everyone with fragrance sweet,
A sense of the divine, beyond compare,
Reach out, in love, the praying soul to meet;
Immersed in plainsong’s joyful, lilting tone,
Committed devotees their worship tend,
In adoration of the Great Unknown
Whose steadfast faithfulness none can unbend;
Some hold such observation in contempt,
Decrying blind belief as fanciful,
Yet proof resides within sincere attempt,
And not in wrapping minds in cotton wool;
The fool can see no sense in anything,
The wise perceives some good in everything!
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Gently the voice of silence resonates,
Throughout the open confines of this place;
Each rhythmic wavelet subtly percolates
Into the healing balm of Love’s embrace.
Undaunted by distraction’s cunning hand,
Nor deviated by the wiles of doubt,
Her lastingness vicissitudes withstand,
In single-mindedness resides her clout;
Consistency and Strength be her hallmarks,
No fear nor favour for the High or Low,
They come within the ambits of her arcs,
Who humbly open-heartedness do show;
Rewards, beyond compare, have come to those
Who portals into beck’ning silence chose!
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Tagged distraction, humility, inspiration, love, monastery, peace, silence, strength compassion courage concord candles, truth
Many of you will be familiar with my annual visit to the Brethren in the Monastery. I have been associated with them for many years now…….🤓 I have always tried to make at least one visit a year to the Community. Over the past several years I have gone to share in their lifestyle….entering into the rhythm that prevails in the Community.
Will be joining them on Saturday, next, for the whole of the following week. I’m unlikely to be spending much time here on the blog.
Will be holding you all….family, friends et al in my prayerful thoughts.
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Into the hallway.
©Late Harvest (2009)
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Tagged beauty, care, humility, life, monastery, peace, swan
A myriad belles adorned in white,
Arraign the vernal morn,
Sweet snowdrops craft a fetching sight
To welcome burgeoning dawn,
No time to feel forlorn!
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