This is a poem I have been reading and pondering through Lent.
I shared it with a group of people from church recently. We talked about it and used it for our prayers. They were all in their 80s, and they all talked about learning to take time to be ‘mindful’ in life – to pause and acknowledge that God is present in each moment of our lives.
The Bright Field by R.S. Thomas
I have seen the sun break through
to illuminate a small field
for a while, and gone my way
and forgotten it. But that was the
pearl of great price, the one field that had
treasure in it. I realise now
that I must give all that I have
to possess it. Life is not hurrying
on to a receding future, nor hankering after
an imagined past. It is the turning
aside like Moses to the miracle
of the lit bush, to a brightness
that seemed as transitory as your youth
once, but is the eternity that awaits you.
The theologian, Paula Gooder, uses this poem in her book, ‘Everyday God’, which picks up the theme of God in ordinary life, and is a helpful and very readable book.
PS I am just back from a retreat which was led by Paula Gooder, and was excellent. More of that in another post…