Time to stand and stare

After the din of whirlwind, earthquake, and fire, Elijah famously heard the “sound of sheer silence” and in it the voice of the Divine. Was it what Maltbie Babcock had in mind when he described his experience, that “to my listening ears / all nature sings, and round me rings the music of the spheres”? Whatever it is, it seems a sound that I can’t hear in the cacophony that daily fills my ears and heart. So on day two of another vacation, I try again to tune myself to that sound by turning down the volume on everything else. The words of tramp poet William Henry Davies (1871-1940) come to mind. “A poor life this if, full of care, / We have no time to stand and stare.” It’s time to stand and stare and to try to catch again the low hum that is the breath of some great Mystery.

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