Finding Grace of the World

My family recently held a service to remember and celebrate a loved on who had passed. Although I couldn’t attend, I found out that this poem was read that day. I wanted to share it with our wordpress community as a reminder to stop, to breathe, to give thanks, and to find grace and peace in the world around you.

~~~S Wave~~~



by Wendell Berry

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.


6 thoughts on “Finding Grace of the World

  1. Anonymous says:

    Wonderful words. I know what you are going through. I lost my mum last Dec and my favourite cousin, who was like a sister to me, 2 months later. Being with nature in its peacefulness and beauty does heal at a deep level and now when I have these moments, I have them for them, i send the bliss to them x

  2. ~~~c wave~~~ says:

    As you have said, a good reminder to stop worrying and breathe in grace. A moving tribute to Gerri, who didn’t on this earth, but now has legs and feet to dance in freedom.

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