Wild Geese and Being


Wild geese and Being seems like an odd title doesn’t it? As we continue to discuss God in the World, it’s always fascinating to see where the discussion goes. We continue again with Psalm 16* because it has a lot to offer us as we face our world right now.

In looking at the news headlines and on social media, there is upheaval and discord everywhere we turn. As children of God, what does it mean to be a presence of God in THIS world? Also, when there is turmoil going on, whether in the home, the heart, the mind, or the world, how can one stay present in prayer long enough to fill up our cup?

One of the things mentioned while discussing care of self while also giving to others is a poem by Mary Oliver. Mary Oliver is an American poet whose themes will often fit into our discussion. Here is the poem mentioned:

Wild Geese

You do not have to be good.
You do not have to walk on your knees
for a hundred miles through the desert repenting.
You only have to let the soft animal of your body
love what it loves.
Tell me about despair, yours, and I will tell you mine.
Meanwhile the world goes on.
Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain
are moving across the landscapes,
over the prairies and the deep trees,
the mountains and the rivers.
Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air,
are heading home again.
Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,
the world offers itself to your imagination,
calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting-
over and over announcing your place
In the family of things.


~Mary Oliver

As you continue in your day to day life, does the poem help you? What does Psalm 16 say to you as you read it?

Our discussion group meets at 9:30 a.m. each Sunday Morning at 749 NC-107, Sylva, NC 28779, Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church.

*Please note that we often use the LBW Psalms as reference in class. Each Psalm will be different based upon translation used whether personal or liturgical.

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