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"Joyful Curmudgeon" An oxymoron?
No! I see all the beauty of God's creation and I'm joyful.  At the same time, I see all the suffering and corruption going on in the world, and feel called to help expose and end it so that we may have true peace and compassion.


Early Morning – 6 June 2007
By Mary T. Hoffman

What a beautiful June morning! I was out very early, while it was nice and cool, to do my yard work. The roses, as well as the yellow irises along the lakeshore, are in bloom now; but our purple irises have nearly finished blooming. However, when I look out our kitchen’s glass doors I can still enjoy the open blue flag irises growing in one of the sundeck planters.

In one of our old books of poetry, under the heading “God in Nature,” I found this poem that seems appropriate for today:

The Word
By Richard Realf (1834-1878)

O Earth! Thou hast not any wind that blows
Which is not music; every weed of thine
Pressed rightly flows in aromatic wine;
And humble hedge-row flower that grows,
And every little brown bird that doth sing,
Hath something greater than itself, and bears
A living word to every living thing,
Albeit holds the message unawares.
All shapes and sounds have something which is not
Of them: a spirit broods amid the grass;
Vague outlines of the Everlasting Thought
Lie in the melting shadows as they pass;
The touch of an eternal presence thrills
The fringes of the sunsets and the hills.

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