“The great lesson from the true mystics is that the sacred is in the ordinary, that it is found in one’s daily life, in one’s neighbors, friends, and family.” — Abraham Maslow
Poetry is the latch stretch out open palms feel for things beyond your ken that lie close at hand search for hidden key poetry becomes the latch we're invited in it's an open door it's a large, hallowed hallway we find ourselves here we're always welcome removing secular shoes helps us to listen wait for mystery to reveal its heart within rhythm, metre, words while our souls expand to take in the universe and savour beauty as we exhale dust and leave our worries behind now, on the doorstep we breathe in soul peace mixed with mercy, love and grace the air of this place knowing we can stay as night segues into daylight cares are cast away and we are laid bare readied to receive again drops of holy rain © joylenton
“Yet mostly we remain unconscious of the fact that even in this simplest fulfilling of our daily needs we are partaking of the holiest mysteries of the sacred within the commonplace of our own kitchen. Great is to be found in little.” — Alice O. Howell, The Dove in the Stone
Thank you for the glory that surrounds us, revealed here and there in the smallest of moments, the tiniest glimpses and awe-struck seconds when we pause to notice it.
You inhabit the everyday with your extraordinary power and grace. It is saturated with your joy, exuberance, and peace. Open our eyes to see the humdrum, the ordinary, the mundane as nothing less than sacred ground.
The whole earth has been fertilised with the seeds of your sacred Presence, your divine favour, mercy, generosity, abundance, and love. But we so often overlook it because we’re too focused on below life rather than above.
Help us to sense you in the daily and pay attention to what you are saying through creation’s beauty, in our activities and tasks, and our attempts at seeing and listening hard.
4 thoughts on “ordinary: the gift of the sacred ordinary”
“The whole earth has been fertilised with the seeds of your sacred Presence, your divine favour, mercy, generosity, abundance, and love.”
Oh amen. Thank you dear Joy, for these precious words. May I allow Him to open my heart more and more, to
“wait for mystery
to reveal its heart within
rhythm, metre, words”
Your words and photos are such glimpses into that kind of waiting heart. Blessings, love, and hugs to you across the pond! ♥️♥️
Dear Bettie, I’m so glad you can relate to those words and the images shared here. You have a gift for sensing the sacred in the everyday, whether through creation’s beauty or through poetry.
God loves to delight our seeing eyes and fill a waiting, expectant heart with his goodness and love. May you be filled to overflowing as you rest and recover your strength. Blessings, love and hugs to you, too, my sweet friend! xo ❤️🌺
Joy, I love your poem and your prayer! Thank you so much for sharing with us. You know how much I love poetry, just like you do, and this stanza expresses that feeling:
search for hidden key
poetry becomes the latch
we’re invited in
Much love to you with many blessings! xoxo
Gayl, what a joy to see you here! Thank you so much for stopping by and leaving a lovely comment. Sorry for the delayed response. I think my mind and body are very much in slowed down summer mode… Zzz… Much love, blessings and hugs to you, dear friend! xoxo 😊💟