Friday, March 28, 2014


And you—what of your rushed
and useful life? Imagine setting it all down—
papers, plans, appointments, everything—
leaving only a note: "Gone
to the fields to be lovely. Be back
when I'm through blooming."

(read the rest of Parker Palmer's poem, Camas Lilies, here)

Consider the lilies, he saidWe hear the first instruction peripherally, hurriedly, as mere set up for the final instruction of the saying. And in so doing, we miss something great, perhaps even something vital, both in the means and in the end. With our rationalistic sensibilities, we gloss over consideration of the lilies; ironically, in an attempt to consider the real work Jesus is asking us to do.But what if considering the lilies is the work, the antidote to anxious, preoccupied lives? What if attending to beauty, to the ephemeral, to the fleeting details of a distracted world is a command Jesus wants us to take seriously in and of itself? -Jill Carattini, A Slice of Infinity: Consider the Lilies


Ruth said...

This is great, Jess. I clicked over here in the middle of speculating with my daughter over whether I should grade quizzes tomorrow or spend the WHOLE DAY reading a novel. :-) Maybe I should do both?

Jessica Stock said...

Ruth, I am thinking option two sounds just perfect!

Jennifer Hoppins said...

Hi Jessica, I'm here via Corinne! The first thing I connected to is that you love Mary Oliver and Parker Palmer!
We must be friends already, I just haven't met you yet!

I love the beautiful photo and the reflections.

Danielle said...

I just popped in from Corinne's blog and wanted to say hi. I've enjoyed strolling through your site and reading what you've written. We're kindred spirits in a lot of ways.