Live and learn…

May 1, 2009 at 3:57 am (Uncategorized)

Earlier this evening, I was sitting on the couch watching my six-year-old and my three-year-old perform a ballet recital on the living room carpet, dancing to the piano accompaniment of my sister, who’s visiting from Philadelphia.  Something in the show must have dictated a costume change, and the kids ran off to comply.  I leaned back and closed my eyes and listened to my sister doodling on the piano.  She was playing something that tugged at my memory…and I realized it was a slightly uneven Amazing Grace.  “Wow,”  I said, eyes still closed, “that’s impressive.”  “Well, there’s this hymnal here…I’m not doing it from memory,” she responded.  “Look up one called Lord of All Hopefulness,” I asked.  “I think that might be my favorite hymn.”  She obliged, and I sat there listening to my agnostic sister playing, while I heard the lyrics in my head:

Lord of all hopefulness, Lord of all joy, 
Whose trust, ever childlike, no cares can destroy, 
Be there at our waking, and give us, we pray, 
Your bliss in our hearts, Lord, at the break of the day. 

Lord of all eagerness, Lord of all faith, 
Whose strong hands were skilled at the plane and the lathe, 
Be there at our labors, and give us, we pray, 
Your strength in our hearts, Lord at the noon of the day. 

Lord of all kindliness, Lord of all grace, 
Your hands swift to welcome, your arms to embrace, 
Be there at our homing, and give us, we pray, 
Your love in our hearts, Lord, at the eve of the day. 

Lord of all gentleness, Lord of all calm, 
Whose voice is contentment, whose presence is balm, 
Be there at our sleeping, and give us, we pray, 
Your peace in our hearts, Lord, at the end of the day. 

What a pleasure to sit and listen to my sister play.  What a pleasure to reflect on how many different ways there are of being in the world.  What a pleasure to have the company of my sister, whom I love and who is such a good person.  What a good day.

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