Morning Thanks

Garrison Keillor once said we'd all be better off if we all started the day by giving thanks for just one thing. I'll try.

Saturday, August 11, 2012

The Real Work

It may be that when we no longer know what to do
we have come to our real work,

and that when we no longer know which way to go
we have come to our real journey.

The mind that is not baffled is not employed.

The impeded stream is the one that sings.
"The Real Work" by Wendell Berry, from Standing by Words. © 1983, Used by permission of Counterpoint. 
A poem from the Writer's Almanac about a week ago.  It's been stewing in me ever since.  Why the first line is fascinating isn't a particular mystery--this is the first September since 1954 that I won't trot off to school.  But after that it isn't particularly autobiographical.
Or is it?  "The mind that is not baffled is not employed."  If there's anything that scares me, it's people who claim they know the whole truth.  The doubters I can live with, the complainers I can tolerate, the skeptics?--I'm one of them.
"The impeded stream is the one that sings," and, I might add, the one far more interesting, even nourishing, to the fish.
Maybe it's the fact that behind all those sentiments lies to a Christian mind--Wendell Berry.  Maybe that's it.  It's not a sin to be unsure, not a sin to be baffled.


Anonymous said...

Thank you for your pict and the poem! I hope Paul R. reads Wendell Berry, and that he gets it. The Gallup Ceremonial is here this week end. The weather is beautiful and our people (Leanne) are getting ready for school.

Anonymous said...

And oh! Thank you Mitt, we all appreciate you now.

Anonymous said...

By faith we walk and not by sight... I sure hope that whoever is elected has an idea greater than himself as to how to serve this country with wisdom from God and not to just serve himself and all his friends. The journey demands that our leaders begin on their knees as it is greater than man. Until then, does it really matter who stands as president if he leans on his own strength,power, wit, friends, money, and doesn't seek God's help for the journey. We need God's help out of this mess and we need to not put our hope in a man, democratic or republican. But too often our leaders want to take God out completely and seek their own glory. I am afraid God might just let them walk alone and remove his blessings from this land. If my people who are called by my name should humble themselves...we need to pray! humble ourselves!

Anonymous said...

Yes, and take seriously what Jesus taught, as recorded in Matthew 5,6and 7.