Refuge

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“Behold. 

Be still. 

Know: I am, I am, I am. 

Refuge.”
(Based on Psalm 46)

 

Today is a gift, 

a treasure to be opened

slowly and carefully 

with attention and reverence 

with deep appreciation. 

 

There’s much to see, hear, and experience: 

the green grass, 

the red and purple wildflowers, 

the bird ruffling its feathers in the birdbath, 

the wide eyes of children swinging, 

the shouts of joy sliding down the slide, 

the wind rustling leaves, 

the sip of fresh lemonade, 

the smell of grilled burgers and veggies, 

the awe in a firefly’s light, 

the vastness of a star-filled sky. 

 

Open my eyes 

to see this life

the secrets beneath the surface

the melody of creation

inviting us to join its song. 

 

Give me a moment to breathe

sit

rest

be still. 

 

And most importantly, 

to pay attention

to the songs of crickets

the water’s lapping waves

a new baby’s cries

the toll of a bell. 

 

There you are

God

in and through it all

reaching out to me

in the gentle touch

of a sun-drenched day. 

 

Kimberly Knowle-Zeller is an ordained ELCA pastor, mother of two, and spouse of an ELCA pastor. She lives with her family in Cole Camp, MO. You can read more at her website: http://kimberlyknowlezeller.com or follow her work on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KimberlyKnowleZeller/  

 

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